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W. Kaye Lamb Award for Service to Seniors


Sponsored by the Ex Libris Association and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques

This award is given in honour of William Kaye Lamb, the first National Librarian of Canada.

W. Kaye Lamb was also the Dominion Archivist and eminent historian (1904 – 1999).

Read the biography for William K. Lamb at Wikipedia and the Ex Libris biography.

The portrait at left shows W. Kaye Lamb when he was President of the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques in 1947–1948.

View a list of Past Winners.

Purpose Of The Award

This award recognizes a library that has developed an ongoing service, program, or procedure of benefit to seniors and/or a design and organization of buildings or facilities that improve access and encourage use by seniors. The award will be presented biennially when merited.


Any Canadian public, academic, or special library is eligible for this award.

Deadline for Applications

Completed applications or notification of the intention to apply must be submitted by September 30, 2021. Submit completed applications to: with the subject line “W. Kaye Lamb Award 2021” to:

If submitting notification of the intention to apply, include as much descriptive information as possible by the deadline with the subject line “W. Kaye Lamb Award Intention to Submit” to the email above.

Use the above email to request further information about the award or application process, adding “inquiry” to the subject line.

Application Procedure

Please provide:

  1. Name of the library.
  2. A statement of the service or facility of benefit to the senior population served by the library.
  3. Descriptive material such as photographs, promotional or advertising materials used, articles or news items published may be included with the application to indicate the ongoing success of the project.
  4. The application might include architectural drawings, details of the equipment used, and an outline of the effect on staffing and budget.The name of a contact person, telephone number, fax, e-mail, etc.

Selection Procedure

A committee of Ex Libris members review the submissions and make a recommendation for approval. The winner(s) will also be announced in ELAN, Ex Libris Association Newsletter, listservs, the ELA website, and social media.

The Award

A representative from Ex Libris will present a suitably mounted framed certificate and a monetary award of $500.

View a list of Past Winners.

award/application_for_wk_lamb_award.txt · Last modified: 2022/03/24 13:00 by lbruce