Pierre Gorman Award 2014

The recipient of the 2014 Pierre Gorman Award is Campaspe Regional Library for the program Being Connected - Libraries and Autism by unanimous .decision of the judging panel. 

Currently valued at $25,000, the Pierre Gorman Award has been presented bi-ennially since 1997 by the Library Board of Victoria to Victorian public libraries for service development and delivery to people with a disability. It recognises the the distinguished contribution to research and development to benefit people with disabilities made by Pierre Gorman CBE, who was himself profoundly deaf.  

Being Connected- Libraries and Autismis a multi-faceted program developed by Campaspe library in partnership with local agencies Supporting Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger's and Community Living and Respite Services.  Elements include: a sensory audit of all library service points; production of communication resources; a professional development program for library staff; acquisition of assistive technology; establishment of library programs for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and, the library will work towards assessment for attaining a  Communication Access Symbol.

Margery C Ramsay and Barrett-Reid Scholarships

The reports from the scholarship recipients are here.


2013:  Dr Susie Prestney, Manager at Woodend Library, a branch of the Goldfields Library Corporation, who will investigate best practice in volunteer programs in a library setting.  Her research will take her to California where she will undertake an internship at the California State Library in Sacramento. Susie will spend two weeks with the renowned ‘Get Involved: Powered by Your Library’ project team responsible for a statewide initiative designed to expand the visibility and contributions of skilled volunteers through public libraries. Susie will also visit public libraries in the San Jose area that have positioned themselves firmly at the forefront of award-winning library programming with volunteers. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2012:   Liz Pidgeon, Yarra Plenty Regional Library who attended two major international genealogy conferences and visited leading local and family history research facilities in the UK and US. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

2011:    Leonee Derr, Melbourne Library Service visited libraries in the US, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Estonia and Croatia and evaluate ways in which they provide dedicated spaces and services for community members aged 16 to 24. The research focussed on how libraries can continue to support young adults after they finish secondary school and the knowledge will be used influence change in the Melbourne Library Service and to set new best practice in the field of youth services in public libraries. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2010: Catherine Killmier, Whitehorse Regional Library Corporation  toured Canadian and US libraries that have implemented community-led service delivery models with the aim of creating a community development framework for community hubs. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

2009:  Jennie Bolitho, Bayside Library Service for the proposal:  Bibliotherapy - reading into wellbeing - libraries, health and social inclusion. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2008:  Joanne Smith, Hobsons Bay Libraries researched the changing face of customer service, including the way the community 'shops' and how this might influence the design and layout of libraries in the future. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

2007: Lesley Fell, Monash Public Library Service toured Arizona and Massachusetts public library services, which are leading the way in implementing services to meet baby boomers' needs. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

          Pam Howard, Goldfields Library Corporation toured library services in the UK that demonstrate collaboration with other community sectors through the delivery of innovative outreach services to rural and town centres. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2006: Michelle McLean, Casey-Cardinia Library Service undertook a study tour of US public library services to look at new ways of servicing virtual users through the latest technologies, equipment, training and professional development. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

          Anna Boland, Hume Global Learning Village Library Service toured US public libraries which highlighted services involving the whole family in literacy learning and educate parents in their role as their child's most important teacher. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2005: Shirley Prescott, Yarra–Melbourne Regional Library Corporation visited the UK to research training for public library staff in reader development and best practice in reading services. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

          Lorraine Seeger and Bernadine Nolen, Eastern Regional Libraries toured UK public libraries to study programs that address issues of social inclusion and its importance in building strong communities.Eastern Regional Libraries. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2004: Michael Byrne, Monash Public Library Service was seconded to the Queens Borough Public Library in New York to investigate its holistic approach to community building. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

          Gayle Rowden, Yarra Plenty Regional Library's study tour of UK and Canadian public libraries investigated the services provided to the aged and housebound. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2003: Patti Manolis, Maribyrnong Library Service undertook a study tour of East Timor to better understand the needs of the East Timorese in the Maribyrnong community and to establish a network of contacts for sourcing library materials in relevant languages. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

           Helen Zibell, Mildura Rural City Council Library Service examined the operations and management of library consortia in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2002: Adele Keneally, Glenelg Regional Library investigated successful public libraries and learning communities in the UK and Canada. (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship)

          Anne Armstrong, Monash Public Library evaluated Australian public library reference and information services. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)

2001: Natalie Brown, Greater Dandenong Libraries researched Canadian public library services which deliver successful library services to diverse communities.

          Bruce Myers, Swan Hill Library Service toured the UK and examined unconventional but realistic models for future country public libraries. (Barrett Reid Scholarship)


Libmark Promotion Marketing Awards

2012: Working with Mothers and Babies from Yarra's African communities, Yarra Library providing a readily transferrable model for other services.

2011:  Stories on Show, Hume Libraries for a library outreach extravaganza showcasing and celebrating the Story in all its forms, held at the Broadmeadows shopping centre.

            The Library Bike, Yarra Libraries lifting the profile of the library service and of the NYOR through outreach activities aided by a cargo bike carrying promotional and sample materials relevant to the event being attended.

             Other National year of reading focussed projects included:
             Boroondara Libraries: Book Bazaar where staff introduce online readers advisory tools, and select 15 of their favourite titles in a specific genre to promote to attendees.

             Brimbank Libraries: First Book Program where library staff visit playgroups and community events and help parents and pre-schoolers create a small book they can take home.

             Casey Cardinia Library Corporation : One Book – Bringing Readers Together where Casey Cardinia residents to read One Book over one month, and discuss the book on a dedicated blog.

             Eastern Regional Libraries: Follow the Reading Road!, a children’s festival featuring guest authors, writing and illustrating workshops and music activities.

              Goldfields Library Corporation: eBook Expo providing the opportunity for eBook users to share their e-reader experiences with others in the community.

              Frankston City Libraries: Literacy Course meeting the literacy needs of Frankston City residents by running a 10 week literacy course.

              Hobsons Bay Libraries: Readers Picnic and Reading Trail for children to follow a reading trail through the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, meeting local authors, illustrators and oral storytellers along the way.

              Kingston Information & Library Service: Love 2 Read live broadcast by actor Maggie Miller reading excerpts from eight books on the NYOR list to an audience of 50 attendees. The event will be broadcast live on Southern FM 88.3 community radio.

              Maribyrnong Library Service: Literacy Development Talks by author Hazel Edwards will engage Grade 3 and 4 students in the joys of reading and, in a separate session, help their parents with tips on raising a reader.

              Monash Public Library Service:  WordFest 2012 – The NYOR Edition to encourage younger, ESL and basic literacy Monash residents to enter the WordFest 2012 Short Story Competition.

             Moonee Valley Libraries: Taking it to the Streets, an advertising campaign aimed at increasing library memberships and providing visual reminders of Moonee Valley’s libraries and the NYOR.

             Moreland Libraries: Reading – How Easy Is That?, a series of workshops showing ESL and low literacy adults how to read stories to the children they care for.

             Stonnington Libraries & Information Service: Adult Storytimes, books read in instalments by an author or performer.

             Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation: ‘Are We There Yet?’ workshop with Alison Lester, to promote family and adult literacy through a shared storytime and illustration workshop with author/illustrator Alison Lester.

              Wimmera Regional Library Corporation: Lovin’ Life at the Library, a week of events beginning on Library Lovers Day, promoting libraries, books and reading.

              Yarra Plenty Regional Library: Reading Flash Mob - a book from the One Country Reading list is chosen and copies released into a public space, to be read aloud by people occupying that space at the time.