For immediate release (June 2, 2005)


The Atlantic Provinces Library Association honours Nova Scotia's Acting Provincial Librarian


The Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) bestowed its greatest prize, the Merit Award, on Michael Colborne, Acting Provincial Librarian

and Coordinator of User Services at the Nova Scotia Provincial Library during its Annual Conference this week.


Michael Colborne started his library career as a library assistant after obtaining his undergraduate degree at Mt. Allison University.  He is a

graduate of the College of Librarianship, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Over the last thirty years, Mr. Colborne has held a variety

of positions at the Dartmouth Regional Library, the Halifax City Regional Library, and the Halifax Regional Library and most recently the

Provincial Library.  He has been instrumental in the Professional Partnering Programme offered by Dalhousie University's newly named

School of Information Management and he has held executive positions on the boards of the Nova Scotia Library Association and the Canadian

Library Association.  He has just been named the regional developer for the Provincial and Territorial Library Associations' Education

Institute.  Nominator and APLA President, Jennifer Richard describes Michael as "a leader, a mentor to young librarians, an advocate for

libraries and community access programmes, and a friend to the library community". 


The Atlantic Provinces Library Association represents three hundred librarians, library technicians and library support workers in the four

Atlantic Provinces.  Its mission is to represent, promote and support the interests of the library community in Atlantic Canada.



Jennifer Richard


Atlantic Provinces Library Association

Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia University

B4P 2R6


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