Awards and Scholarships



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Craigieburn Library, City of Hume, Victoria Wins the IFLA "International Public Library of the Year" Award 2014


It gives me great pleasure to advise that Hume City Council’s Craigieburn Library has been named ‘International Public Library of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in France overnight.


The library located within the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, beat libraries from England, the Netherlands and Denmark to take out the award. The award was presented at the annual IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) congress in Lyon, France and is sponsored by firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.


The committee of judges justified its choice of Craigieburn Library because, among other things, the library "distinguishes itself as a significant modern construction with a strong, recognisable architectural concept ....with its open and flexible space, the library creates a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction (and) is a good example of how Hume City has used a library to create a sense of belonging for all demographic groups as both a learning centre and gathering space for the city”.


The Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn, including Craigieburn Library was a collaborative effort between Hume City Council and the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.


Hume Libraries have been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to our community. In May this year, Hume Libraries was also named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, after a nation-wide search and voting through the Australian Library and Information Association. This is a significant achievement and one that Hume Library Service should be incredibly proud. 


Margery C Ramsay and Barrett-Reid Scholarships

The reports from the scholarship recipients are here.


2014:  Monica Dullard, from Port Phillip Library service has been awarded the Margery C Ramsay Scholarship. This biennial award from the Library Board of Victoria is for the leadership development of Victorian public library staff and is valued at up to $30,000. Monica's Scholarship program is titled "It All Starts with Storytime!" Arguing that dynamic storytime sessions help promote early literacy, community building and community engagement, and building on her extensive experience as a storytime practitioner, Monica will undertake a study tour of public libraries in the USA to gather wide-ranging experience with quality storytime sessions for a variety of age groups and communities. Monica will produce a web-based resource for Victorian public library staff covering the key elements and benefits of dynamic storytime sessions. The selection panel were pleased to see an innovative approach to a core library service with strongly defined outcomes for Victorian public libraries, Port Phillip Library Service and the applicantís leadership skills in a specialised area. A project designed to elevate childrenís librarianship to a new level of excellence is seen as an opportunity to promote the profession in Victoria. Congratulations to Monica.  We look forward to seeing the results of her Scholarship program, which we know will be shared generously with the sector.

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)



Pierre Gorman Award 2014

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.   

Previous Recipients

2014: Campaspe Regional Library.  Being Connected - Libraries and Autism, a project designed to improve the library experience for adults and children with an  Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The project included the Sensory Audit Report. 
2012: Yarra Plenty Regional Library. The Connected Community – Auslan and Voice Unite project delivered a range of initiatives to provide high-quality library services to adults and children with a hearing impairment.


2010: The Geelong Regional Library Corporation and the City of Greater Geelong Aged and Disability Services. These recipients jointly developed a program to foster better interactions between library staff and community members with a disability, and inclusive library services and events.


2008: The Golfields Library Corporation. The Goldfields Library Corporation, in partnership with Scope, provided library services to six Bendigo aged-care centres


2006:  East Gippsland Shire Library. Denece Sippo from the East Gippsland Shire Library implemented Boardmaker, software that enables signs to be produced in pictures and symbols for people with communication difficulties.


2004: Maribyrnong Library Service and City of MaribyrnongLloyd Brady from the Maribyrnong Library Service and Steven Hurd from the City of Maribyrnong acquired hand-held digital audio players for playing talking books through their 'Digital Audio for the Disabled' project.


2002: Corangamite Regional Library Corporation and Rural Access. Richard Stone of the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation and Graeme McDonald of Rural Access ran an information expo and community mapping project to make information about adaptive technology available to potential users.


2000: State Library Victoria. State Library Victoria's Larry Stillman developed a version of the Opera internet browser (configured for people with sight and mobility difficulties) for installation in public libraries.


1997: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Jillian Morley from the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind conducted research for her masters degree on trends in the production of information for people with print disabilities.


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.