Awards

SLA Frances Morrison Award

The SLA Frances Morrison Award is an award of merit for outstanding service to libraries given in the name of one of Saskatchewan’s exceptional librarians. This award is open to all, individuals or institutions or groups, and not restricted to professional librarians or SLA members.  In 1981 she was awarded the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award. In 1999 she received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for her contributions to library services in Saskatchewan. In 1982, Frances Morrison joined with the Saskatchewan Library Association in creating this award.   The award is given when merited, not necessarily annually. The award is presented at the Saskatchewan Libraries Annual Conference.

Nominations for the SLA Frances Morrison Award

Nominations should be sent in a letter format, and include biographical and/or professional background/history of the nominee and the reasons for the nomination as per Guidelines.

SLA FM Award Guidelines_nov2015

SLA Frances Morrison Application_nov2015

Nominations should be sent to:
SLA Frances Morrison Award Nomination Committee
c/o Saskatchewan Library Association
#15-2010-7th Avenue
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Fax: 306-780-9447
E-mail: slaexdir@sasktel.net

The deadline for acceptance of nominations is March 1st  annually.

 

Biography of Frances Morrison

Frances Morrison joined the staff of the Saskatoon Public Library in 1943 and was the Chief Librarian from 1961 to 1980. During the time she was with the library, she saw the library staff grow from 13 to more than 90. As Chief Librarian she directed the construction of two new branches, including the branch that bears her name. In 1981 she was awarded the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award. In 1999 she received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for her contributions to library services in Saskatchewan. In 1982, Frances Morrison joined with the Saskatchewan Library Association in creating this award.

Frances Morrison joined the staff of the Saskatoon Public Library in 1943 and was the Chief Librarian from 1961 to 1980. Born in 1918 in Saskatoon, she was educated at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the staff of the public library in 1943 as an assistant. After completing a library science degree at the University of Toronto, she became successively children’s librarian, head of reference and assistant chief librarian before her appointment as chief librarian – one of the first women department heads in the city. During the time she was with the library, she saw the library staff grow from 13 to more than 90.

As Chief Librarian she directed the construction of two new branches, including the main branch in Saskatoon that bears her name. During her tenure she was responsible for a major library expansion, the construction of a new main library, a local history room, programming services, and audio-visual and fine arts departments. Mrs. Morrison played a prominent role in provincial and national library associations and in the establishment of the regional library system in Saskatchewan. When she retired in 1980, the city named the main library in her honour.

Mrs. Morrison has been involved in a wide range of other activities, including the Meewasin Valley Authority, member and chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Saskatoon Business and Professional Women’s Club, the YWCA, the Saskatoon Heritage Society, the United Church and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award of the Canadian Library Association in 1981, a YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 1989, and the Canada 125 Medal in 1993.

In 1999 Frances Morrison received the fSaskatchewan Order of Merit for her contributions to library services in Saskatchewan.

Frances Morrison passed away on Sunday August 14, 2011 at the age of 92.

List of Previous Award Winners

1982 Art Forgay
1983 No award given
1984 Karen Labuik
1985 Keith Turnbull
1986 Ron Yeo
1987 Don Meadows
1988 No award given
1989 Alice Turner McFarland

1990 Constance Mae Acton
1991 SSLA – Resource Based Learning Group
1992 Ved Arora
1993 Shirley Sefton
1994 Alixe Hambleton
1995 Marilyn Jenkins
1996 Merrilee Rasmussen
1997 No award given
1998 Andrew Hubbertz
1999 Ken Jensen

2000 Marion Perry
2001 Bryan Foran
2002 Audrey Mark
2003 Isabelle Butters
2004 Cora Greer
2005 Wenda McArthur
2006 Rosemary Oddie
2007 Anne Craggs
2008 No award given
2009 Gregory Salmers
2010 Frank Winter
2011 Judith Benninger
2013 Maureen Woods
2014 Joylene Campbell
2015 Zenon Zuzak

Honourary Life Membership

An Honourary Life Membership  is conferred upon a current SLA member who has made a substantial and recognizable long-standing contribution to SLA and/or library service in Saskatchewan. As a member of SLA for life, the recipient has full voting privileges, does not pay annual dues, receives all Association publications, and may serve on committees. As well, this membership entitles the recipient to discounts at all SLA functions and workshops.

Nominations for Honourary LIfe Membership

Nominations should be made following the criteria as listed in the Guidelines and using the Application.

Honourary Life Membership Guidelines_nov2015    Honourary Life Member Application_nov2015

Nominations should be sent to:
Board of Directors
c/o Saskatchewan Library Association
#15-2010-7th Avenue
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Fax: 306-780-9447
E-mail: slaexdir@sasktel.net

The deadline for nominations is March 1 annually.

Honourary Life Members

1965-1991
– Ethel Abey, Central Collegiate Library, Regina, 1965
– F.B. Bagshaw, Regina Public Library Board
– Emma Bell, University of Saskatchewan Library, Saskatoon
– Mrs. Austin Bothwell, Legislative Library
– Wilha Brandon, Provincial Library, Regina
– Marjorie Dunlop Regina Public Library
– Marion Gilroy Provincial Library, Regina and UBC School of Library Science, Vancouver
– Marion M. Graham, Saskatoon Board of Education
– Carlyle King, Saskatoon Public Library Board
– R.H. Macdonald, Saskatoon Public Library Board and Library Development Board
– Judge J.H. Maher, Saskatoon
– Ruth Murray University of Saskatchewan Library
– Harry E. Newsom Provincial Library, Regina
– Walter Raff, University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus
– Dr. William A. Riddell, Regina College, University of Saskatchewan

1992-2000
-George Bothwell, President of Sask. Library Trustees Assoc.
– Frances Morrison, Saskatoon
– Alice Turner McFarland, Saskatoon
– Ron Yeo, Regina

2001
-Ved Arora Regina, Saskatchewan

2002
-Patricia MacKay, Provincial Library

2007 
-Marie Sakon, Provincial Library
– Eleanor Acorn, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
– Marion Powell, Legislative Library

2008 
-Gregory Salmers, Southeast Regional Library

2010 
-Bryan Foran

2014 
-Linda Winkler