Making a Difference Award

Marigold Library System’s Making a Difference Award recognizes and celebrates excellence and innovation in library service. The award acknowledges a library and team who are proud of an achievement in an area such as programming, outreach, advocacy and public relations, partnerships, innovative use of technology, inclusion, equity, and diversity, and intellectual freedom. Your library should identify one program/service or group of programs/services with a uniform objective. 

  • Ingenuity & Innovation (30%): The focus of this criteria is on the uniqueness of the idea of the service or program and how it is delivered to the community.
  • Value & Purpose (25%): What value and/or service does the program provide to the community? What are the indications of the value?
  • Impact (25%): How has the program made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact for people? Include any evaluation methods or participation feedback you may have.
  • Use of Resources or Complexity (15%): Resources include time, talent, equipment, information, money, partnerships, or other assets used to deliver services or programs.
  • Above & Beyond (5%): The extent to which the program might be considered above and beyond the call of duty, or the extent to which the program may have a lasting or meaningful impact that reaches far beyond your community.
  1. Nominations must be submitted by January 26th, 2024.
  2. Nominations may be made by member library staff or board members.
  1. *NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED* Fill out the online submission form, on the Marigold website, for your nomination (include information in as many fields as possible, including pictures if available).
  2. The Standards and Services Committee of the Marigold Library Board will consider every nomination based on the criteria above and will choose the award recipient(s).
  3. Awards are presented to the winning library boards on May 15th, 2024, at the Marigold Library System Conference.
  4. A winner and an honourable mention from each library grouping will be chosen. Each winner will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $1000 and each honourable mention will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $500 to be used at the local Library Board's discretion. Less than 2,000

Less than 2,000

Acadia, Acme, Beiseker, Berry Creek, Bighorn, Carbon, Carseland, Consort, Delia, Empress, Gleichen, Hussar, Irricana, Langdon, Linden, Longview, Millarville, Morrin, Oyen, Rockyford, Rumsey, Standard, Trochu, Youngstown

More than 2,000

Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Chestermere, Cochrane, Crossfield, Drumheller, Hanna, High River, Okotoks, Sheep River, Strathmore, Three Hills

View previous submissions & winners