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RR Librarian wins provincial award for promoting libraries
Rainy River – Rainy River Librarian Michael Dawber has won a provincial award for promoting libraries.
The Ontario Library Association will give their annual Media and Communications Award to Dawber later this month.
“Over the last 16 years, I have worked very hard to tell each library’s story effectively, efficiently and with good humor,” Dawber says.
“Small libraries are vital to the health of small communities,” he adds. “Their stories are always linked.”
Dawber has been writing for public libraries since 1998.
He contributes the “Library Corner” column for the Rainy River Record.
Previously, he wrote monthly columns called “The Bookmark” for both the Huron County and Kingston Frontenac public libraries in Southern Ontario.
In 2004, he wrote an 85th anniversary history of the library in Zurich, Ont., where he was the supervisor.
The OLA’s website says the Media and Communications Award “was established to reward individuals and companies that present libraries and librarians in a constructive light, breaking down stereotypical images often associated with the profession.”
“In telling the library’s story, our local media in the Rainy River District are key partners,” says Dawber.
“The Library Board and staff are very grateful for their on-going interest,” he says.
Dawber is the Award’s first winner from Northern Ontario.
Previous winners include the writers of the TV series Due South and the Toronto Public Library.
The Award will be presented at the Association’s conference in Toronto.