Penny Logan Named School of Information Management Outstanding Alumna 2009

The School of Information Management is delighted to announce that the Associated Alumni has awarded this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award to Penny Logan (MLS, 1985).

Penny is currently the Manager, Library Services at Capital Health.  She has had a successful career which has included positions in public and special libraries.  Penny has worked as the Librarian at the IWK Health Services Library and as the Branch Head for the Cole Harbour Library.  She has been an instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College in the Library and Information Technology program, and served for a time as the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Officer for the Department of Education. Her company, Eastgate Information Sourcing won the exclusive contract to provide library training to physicians for the first two years of the DoctorsNS Electronic Bookshelf project.  Her colleagues consistently praise her for her open door policy, her clear thinking, her focus on user-centered services, and her strength as both a leader and a mentor.


Penny has served in a variety of capacities with professional organizations such as the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA / ABSC), as Vice-President and President in 2003-2006 and co-chair of the 2008 CHLA / ABSC conference held in Halifax.  She has served as President of the Maritimes Health Libraries Association, and the Halifax Library Association, and as Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS National).  She is currently serving as Treasurer of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association and is an active mentor in the Dalhousie SIM Professional Partners program. Internationally, Penny is the Canadian Liaison to the Medical Library Association (MLA), is the Canadian representative for the MLA Benchmarking Project, and is one of two Canadian representatives on the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) Advisory Board.


Penny has been described as a gracious ambassador for the Nova Scotia library community, and as someone who brings enthusiasm, intelligence, professionalism, a global perspective and a refreshing sense of humour to every initiative with which she is involved.   Her many contributions were recognized this past year when she was awarded the 2008 Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership by the Nova Scotia Library Association.  As one of Penny’s nominators noted “Penny Logan is a leader in the library field; locally, regionally and nationally. “  Penny is a strong role model for current School of Information Management students and an excellent example of the impressive professionals who graduate from the School.

Please join us to honour Penny Logan at a joint event of the Associated and the School of Information Management, to be held on Thursday, September 17th in the Sculpture Court in the Dalhousie Arts Centre at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start.  At this event we will also be welcoming new students and celebrating the School’s 40th Anniversary.

For further information:              Donna Bourne-Tyson (Chair, Alumni Association)
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