Presented at the Banquet during the Annual Conference, the APLA Merit Award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to library services in the Atlantic Provinces.

Some of the contributions that might be considered in selecting a person for this award are; leadership in library associations at the local, regional and provincial levels; contributions to the development, application and utilization of library services and library systems; significant contribution to library literature.


March 31st of each year

Submission Process

Nominations, including documentation of the nominee’s achievements and letters of support, should be submitted by March 31, of each year to APLA’s Past President, past-president@apla.ca.

APLA Merit Award Winners

2021Tanja HarisonMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifax, NS
2020Louise WhiteMemorial UniversitySt. John's, NL
2019Beth MaddiganMemorial UniversitySt. John's, NL
2018No Award
2017Jocelyne ThompsonUniversity of New BrunswickFredericton, NB
2016Lou DugganSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifax, NS
2015John TeskeyUniversity of New BrunswickFredericton, NB
2014Jennifer EvansNova Scotia Provincial LibraryHalifax, NS
2013Bill SlauenwhiteNovanetHalifax, NS
2012Jennifer RichardAcadia UniversityWolfville, NS
2011Elaine MacLeanSt. Francis XavierAntigonish, NS
2010Peter WebsterSt. Mary’s UniversityHalifax, NS
2009Sylvie NadeauNew Brunswick Public Library ServiceFredericton, NB
2008Gwyn PaceDalhousie University LibrariesHalifax, NS
2007Richard H. EllisMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John's, NF
2006Madeleine LefebvreSt. Mary’s UniversityHalifax, NS
2005Michael ColborneNova Scotia Provincial Library ServiceHalifax, NS
2004Claude PotvinAlbert-Westmoreland-Kent Regional LibraryMoncton, NB
2003Joy TillotsonMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John's, NF
2002No Award
2001Peter GlenisterMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifax, NS
2000No Award
1999Alban ArsenaultUniversité de MonctonMoncton, NB
1998Margot Ellen SchenkSaint Mary's UniversityHalifax, NS
1997Suzanne SextyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John's, NF
1996Eric SwanickLegislative LibraryFredericton, NB
1995Barbara KincaidWestern Counties Regional LibraryYarmouth, NS
1994No Award
1993Iain BatesAcadia UniversityWolfville, NS
1992Alfred BaileyUniversity of New BrunswickFredericton, NB
1991Pearce PennyProvincial Public Library ServicesSt. John's, NF
1990Douglas LochheadMount Allison UniversitySackville, NB
1989Henry Bramwell ChandlerPrince Edward Island LibrariesCharlottetown, PEI
1988Carin SomersNova Scotia Provincial LibraryHalifax, NS
1987Katherine Le ButtYork Regional LibraryFredericton, NB
1986No Award
1985Gertrude GunnUniversity of New BrunswickFredericton, NB
1984No Award
1983No Award
1982Norman SkinnerSaint John Regional Library BoardSaint John, NB
1981Shirley ElliottNova Scotia Legislative LibraryHalifax, NS
1980Agnes O'DeaCentre for Newfoundland Studies - Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John's, NF
1979Norman HorrocksSchool of Library Service - Dalhousie UniversityHalifax, NS
1978Hubert ButtonAlbert-Westmorland-Kent Regional Library BoardMoncton, NB
1977Evelyn CampbellNova Scotia Research FoundationHalifax, NS
1976James MacEacheronNew Brunswick Library ServicesFredericton, NB
1975M.E. (Mollie) CameronHalifax City LibraryHalifax, NS
1975Jessie MifflenNewfoundland Public Library ServicesSt. John's, NF