Heather Daly has been announced as the 2011 winner of the CASL Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit. According to CASL, "the Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Canadian school librarianship at the national level".
From the Canadian Library Association (CLA) press release: "Heather Daly stands out for the professional qualities that exemplify leadership in school libraries in Canada. Her vision, motivation and energy have contributed immensely to school libraries in the province of British Columbia.
Heather is currently the Library and Information Coordinator for School District #43 (Coquitlam) in British Columbia. She has taken and fulfilled opportunities to lead – in her school district, her teacher-librarian association and her professional union, and reaches out across Canada with the BCTLA President’s blog, In Circulation, and her participation in CASL-PAC, the Provincial Advisory Council of the CASL, the Canadian Association for School Libraries. She is a member of the Canadian Association for School Libraries and serves on the Copyright Working Group for the Canadian Library Association.
Heather represented British Columbia’s school libraries as part of BC Library 2020, composed of leaders from the public, academic, special and school library communities who worked together on visioning and celebration for the BC library community, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration among BC’s library sectors. With the BC Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), an association of BC public school districts working together on software, video and learning resource acquisition and evaluation, Heather has served as writer/reviewer and on its advisory committee.
As President of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA), Heather has forged the association into a powerful, highly-achieving body and an agent of change. Heather’s support of BCTLA’s award-winning DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) event held annually in celebration of National School Library Day has led to this program being adopted by the Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA), with interest from even more jurisdictions for next year. BCTLA’s professional, well-considered evaluation and statement against the practice of assigning reading levels to students’ reading material appears in their 2009 position statement Book Levelling and School Library Collections, which has been influential at the national and international level.
In 2007, Heather supported the formation of BCTLA’s Information Literacy Task Force which had the goal of developing provincial learning outcomes for information literacy. The result is The Points of Inquiry: A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st Century Learner, which was published in 2011. Along with another CASL award winner, Mary Locke, she wrote the 2008 article School Libraries as Classrooms, which was published in BCTLA’s The Bookmark journal.
Heather Daly’s career is a model of dedication, encapsulating the perseverance that accompanies the passion of an individual for a valued and essential component of education in Canada – its school libraries. CASL is honoured to grant this award in recognition of Heather’s important achievements already made and in anticipation of the new and future goals for school library advocacy across Canada that we know she will accomplish".
The Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit will be formally presented at the Canadian Association for School Libraries awards ceremony on May 27, 2011 in Halifax.