Last week the iSchool celebrated with the third annual awards gala. It was a great event with music, food, drinks and celebration of student and alumni award winners.
Christina de Castell, Chief Librarian at Vancouver Public Library (VPL), highlighted storytelling and working with communities in her keynote. “Libraries can build a sense of belonging by supporting the gathering and sharing of stories,” said de Castell as she shared examples from projects at VPL.
The iSchool gives out more than 35 awards annually, to current and graduating students. More than 20 students were on hand to receive their award certificates, with several students receiving multiple awards.
iSchool alums Sandra Singh (MLIS ’97) and Kathie Shoemaker (MACL ’06) were awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize exceptional accomplishments by our alumni at the local, regional, national or global level. Sandra Singh has a distinguished career in many leadership roles at UBC, VPL and the Canadian Library Association. Fellow alum Kathie Shoemaker has devoted her career to the creation and teaching of children’s literature, and is continuing to leave a mark on the iSchool community as an adjunct professor in the MACL program as well.
iSchool adjunct professor Carolyn Petrie received the Mary Sue Stephenson Award for excellence in adjunct teaching. The award recognizes the impact of adjunct professors on the community, and was given to Carolyn based on her glowing student evaluations this past year.
Congratulations to all of the award winners!
2018 student award winners