Barrie librarian wins provincial award

A Barrie librarian has been named teacher/librarian of the year by the Ontario School Librarian Association (OSLA).
Paula McNamara, a librarian at Algonquin Ridge Elementary School, was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the school’s library program.

Paula McNamara, a teacher/librarian at Algonquin Ridge, has won a 'librarian-of-the-year' award

A teacher/librarian at the school for more than 10 years, she will receive her award Feb. 3 at a ceremony in Toronto. Pat Elliott, a teacher/librarian at Hewitt’s Creek Public School, and OSLA’s 2006 recipient of the same award, nominated McNamara. In her nomination letter Elliott wrote of how McNamara used her teaching and organizational talents to open Algonquin Ridge’s new library.
“To this day, this library is a model for subsequent new school libraries in our county. She has been a leader amongst our teacher/librarian group by being an active member on our listserv and being called upon to sit on a variety of ad-hoc committees. Her voice is well respected by the group and the Simcoe County District School Board administration.
“She always provides well thought-out comments that support and promote the professionalism of teacher/librarians and the library program.”


The award is presented each year to a teacher/librarian who demonstrates leadership in the implementation of a school library program.
“I am so pleased to be recognized by my peers for literacy and leadership contributions,” said McNamara. “Working with the staff and students at Algonquin Ridge has been extremely rewarding. As well, I am grateful for the support of my fellow teacher/librarians.”

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