FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award
The FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award is given to a graduate of the Faculty of Information for innovation or leadership in:
- Libraries, archives, museums, information management, and any other information organizations
- Professional organizations
- Publications/research activity
- The community at large
Recipients are possessed of characteristics that enable them to be innovators, leaders, mentors, researchers, or catalysts. These winners are alumni who have made significant contributions to the information or cultural/museum professions.
The recipient of the FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award will receive a framed citation.
FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award
The FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award is awarded to any student enrolled in the Masters program who has made a significant all-around contribution to Faculty life in areas such as the following:
- Student life
- Activities of the MI Student Council, Museum Studies Graduate Students’ Association, and/or the Faculty Council, and their committees
- The University of Toronto as a whole
- Active participation in professional organizations, academic excellence, and publishing activity are also considered
The recipient of the FIAA Student Contribution Award will receive a framed citation and a cheque for $500.
To nominate an individual for either award, please submit:
- A completed Nomination form.
- Nominator’s letter (2-page maximum) explaining why the nominee should be selected to receive the FIAA Outstanding Alumni / Student Contribution Award. Please address the nominee’s achievements as well as how s/he meets the award criteria outlined above
- A biographical sketch of the Nominee (2-page maximum) or his/her resume or curriculum vitae. Please include information such as past awards and honours, membership and/or leadership roles in professional and/or campus organisations, relevant volunteer experience, etc.
- A letter of support from an individual other than the Nominator. The nomination package can include more than 1 letter, up to a maximum of 3 letters.
Please send all documents by email to: Hujma Chowdhury (Chair, FIAA Grants & Awards Committee) firstname.lastname@example.org
FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award Guidelines
Adapted from Alumni Award Guidelines of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, as approved by the FIAA executive on February 18, 2010. (amended January 2014)
Each year, the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) honours a distinguished graduate of the Faculty (and its predecessors) who has made significant contributions in innovation and/or leadership in libraries, archives, museums or information management, professional organizations, publications/research, or the community at large.
Recipients have characteristics that make them an innovator, leader, mentor, researcher, or a catalyst, an alumnus/ae who has made a significant contribution to the profession.
i) A member of the Alumni Association with all rights of full membership (any person who has received a Master of Information Studies, or Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Studies [MLIS] degree or Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of Toronto).
ii) The Award may not be given posthumously. However, in the event that a nominee dies after having been nominated for the FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award, the nomination may be considered in the selection process.
iii) The Award will not be given more than once to the same person.
4. Nomination/Selection Procedures
Nominations for the Award shall be solicited through advertisements posted in the Faculty of Information Alumni E-newsletter, Informed, various library / archives / information system list servs, the Faculty of Information website, FIAA social media groups, Feliciter (CLA journal), and through any other means deemed appropriate by the Selection Committee.
i) All nominations must be submitted in writing and must include the following: a completed Nomination form; a letter by the nominator addressing why nominee should receive the award; a biographical sketch (or resume/curriculum vitae) of the nominee; and a letter of support by an individual other than the nominator.
ii) Nominations are submitted by e-mail addressed in care of the Selection Committee, FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award.
iii) All nominations must be emailed by March 31 each year.
iv) Nominations of persons previously nominated but not chosen may be resubmitted.
v) If, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, a sufficiently worthy candidate has not been nominated, the Committee may recommend to the Executive of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association that the Award not be issued in that year.
5. Selection Committee
i) The Selection Committee is a task group of the Grants and Awards Committee of FIAA.
ii) The Selection Committee will notify each nominee soon after having received the nomination to confirm that he/she is willing to be considered as a candidate for the Alumni Award.
iii) The Selection Committee will evaluate and choose the Award recipient from among the nominations received and submit its recommendation in writing by April 30th of each year to the Executive of FIAA.
iv) The Executive of FIAA are responsible for notifying the recipient, all nominees, and the Faculty, and for publicizing the name of the Award winner in the list of above locations and other publications of information management and related professional organizations.
i) The Award shall consist of: an individual plaque inscribed with the name of the Award, recipient’s name and Award year to be given to the winner;
ii) Normally only one Award will be made in a given year.
iii) The Award shall be presented by the President of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association at the annual Alumni Reception in the year the Award is given.
FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award: Monday, April 15, 2024
FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award: Monday, April 15, 2024
Past FIAA Alumni Award Recipients
FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award FIAA Alumni Jubilee Award 2017 Yvonne Earle
2016 Catherine Blackbourn
2015 Vicki Whitmell
2014 Gwen Harris
2013 Michael Ridley
2012 Anne Woodsworth
2011 Catherine Biss
2010 Anne Bailey
2009 Alvin Schrader
2008 Nancy Williamson
2007 Janine Miller
2005 Ken Setterington
2004 Wendy Newman
2003 Mary Dickerson, Peter Rogers
2002 Josephine Bryant
2001 Stephen Abram
2000 Vivienne Monty
1999 Alan H. MacDonald
1998 Susan Merry
1997 Jane Dysart
1996 Frances Coulson, Sheila Bertram
1995 Ritvars Bregzis
1994 Brian Land
1993 Cynthia Smith
1992 Dorothy Sedgwick
1990 Nancy Hall
1988 Alan Suddon
1987 Susan Crawford
1986 Albert Bowron
1985 Edith Firth
1984 Gene Wilburn, Marion Wilburn
1983 Jane Cooney
1982 Jean Weihs
1981 Heather McCallum
1980 Sheila Egoff
1979 Edith Jarvi
Past FIAA Student Award Recipients
FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award FIAA Student Jubilee Award 2023 Marcel Robitaille
2022 Heba Roble
2018 Maeghan Jerry
2017 Elizabeth Carroll
2016 Jessica Mann and Lillian Rigling
2014 Lauren Williams
2012 Valerie Stevens
2011 Cybil Stephens and Katya Pereyaslavska
2010 Kim Stymest
2009 Meghan Ecclestone
2008 Christina Hwang
2007 Kathleen Scheaffer
2006 Liana Giovando
2005 Edward White
2004 Paula Clark, Rod Carter
2003 Krista Boa
2002 Christopher Cronin, Marjorie Mitchell
2001 Brian Vetruba
2000 Katherine Young
1999 Tracey Palmer
1998 Dan Scott
1997 Wiebke Smythe
1996 Alexander Fayle
1995 Gregory Cassidy
1994 Yuen Shyr
1993 Melanie Noviss
1992 Louise McGillis
1991 Ingrit Monasterios
1990 Laura Soto-Barra
1989 Guylaine Petrin
1988 Alan Husdal
1987 Laurie Ford
1986 Catharine Burke
1985 Susan Ewing
1984 Alison Leapman
1983 Gina McOuat
1982 Cheryl Young, Alison Brown
1981 Lynn Morgan
1980 Deborah Henderson
1979 Eileen Daniel