SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR LIBRARY’S CEO
Rudi Denham received the Ontario Public Library Association Special Recognition Award for more than 10 years of service as Editor of Ho-OPLA, the electronic newsletter of the Ontario Public Library Association. Greg Grondin, Board Chair, was pleased to present the award, as Rudi Denham was unable to attend the Ontario Public Library Association Superconference in Toronto at the end of January. Ho-OPLA, a quarterly newsletter distributed electronically, and in print at the conference, provides an opportunity for libraries to share best practices, and keeps librarians across the province up to date with what’s new. In presenting the award, Joanna Aegard, Head of Virtual Services at Thunder Bay Public Library, and outgoing OPLA President, said “I know from personal experience that what one receives or gains as a volunteer is equal to or greater than what one gives. In Rudi’s case, she must be overflowing with the benefits of volunteering, as she has given so much.
Aegard continues, “Recently, when we asked our membership about HoOPLA, we received glowing commendations about the work Rudi has done as HoOPLA Editor. One anonymous comment sums up Rudi’s achievements as editor: “HoOPLA continues to offer great stories about things that matter to frontline librarians and chief librarians”. She has focused our divisional newsletter on the successes in public libraries by featuring the people who make them happen every day. It is largely thanks to Rudi that HoOPLA is a publication OPLA members make a point to read. Rudi’s contributions to OLA and OPLA speak to her generous heart, passionate vision and ability to inspire others.”