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Librarian and Counsellor Award

The Librarian and Counsellor Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in professional service to a unit, the University and/or the community.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Service

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations

RFA counsellors and librarians, except a member of the Selection Committee, are eligible for these awards. If a member of the Selection Committee is nominated or applies, they should either withdraw the nomination/application or step down from the Selection Committee and be replaced. Those receiving the award may not receive the award again for the following two years (e.g. 2018-2019 recipient receiving an award in Winter 2019 would not be eligible to apply for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 awards).

For each awards cycle, applications/nominations are based upon the previous academic year’s annual report. (e.g. For the 2019-2020 awards cycle, applications/nominations are based on the May 2019 annual report).

Who can submit a nomination?

Awards are given by application or nomination. Faculty, librarians, counsellors, Chairs and Directors may nominate.

Award criteria

Excellence should be demonstrated in professional service to the library, counselling, the University or the community.

Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee's permission (if applicable);
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below;
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website;
  4. Nominee receives a confirmation email with a link to provide online consent before the deadline. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

The submission must include:

  • Citation (100 words maximum) – highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication should the nominee or team be selected.
  • Supporting Statement (500 words maximum) - supports the nomination/application based on exceptional service to the Department/School, Faculty or University and/or any ways in which the service may have impacted the reputation of that unit, the broader community or the profession.
  • Annual Report from the previous academic year. Only those attachments directly related to the award being sought should be attached for the purposes of the application/nomination.
  • Two Letters of Support (one page maximum each) demonstrating how the applicant/nominee has demonstrated excellence in at least one of the areas noted in the statement.
  • Updated CV in Common or OCGS format – this requirement is submitted after the initial application/nomination process. Applicants/nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion.
Selection process

A Librarian and Counsellor Awards Selection Committee is composed of three Librarian/Counsellor members, at least one of whom is a Librarian and at least one of whom is a Counsellor elected by and from the Librarians and Counsellors. The committee will evaluate the applications/ nominations.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 20
Award presentations: Faculty Service Luncheon; Ryerson Awards Night


Librarian Awards
Anna Tassone
Assistant to the Chief Librarian
416-979-5000, ext. 5141

Counsellor Award
Sheila Wong
416-979-5000, ext. 5196


Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Faculty Service Luncheon

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Librarian Award
Anna Tassone
416-979-5000, ext. 5141

Counsellor Award
Sheila Wong
416-979-5000, ext. 5196