The Atlantic Provinces Library Association is pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the APLA Merit Award is Jocelyne Thompson.


The APLA Merit Award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to library services in the Atlantic Provinces. Jocelyne has been known for her mentorship, her leadership in regional and national associations, a strong record of research and advocacy, and her commitment to advancing the profession.


Jocelyne arrived in New Brunswick in 1989 and served as the Assistant Director of the New Brunswick Public Library Service for over ten years, and finished her tenure with NBPLS as the Provincial Librarian in 2000.  Jocelyne then made a decisive move from public to academic libraries, joining the University of New Brunswick Libraries as Head of Collections Development and Public Services, a position she held until 2008 when her role evolved into Associate Director of Libraries for Collections Services.  As one supporter mentions, " Jocelyne has been key in leading UNB through a period of significant change over the past 16 years.  Jocelyne has lead UNB from a print-based collection to one in which digital resources consume the majority of our acquisitions budgets".


Jocelyne has played a significant role for over a decade as the Digital Licensing Coordinator for the Council of University Libraries (CAUL).  She was a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Negotiations Research Team for several of these years, and the CAUL Delegate to the International Coalition of Library Consortia, and as a supporter notes, "CAUL was very well served by Jocelyne's expertise, her consultative approach, and her negotiating skills". 


In further service to the profession and the Atlantic region, Jocelyne has served on the APLA executive in several capacities, most notably as President from 2011-12, with the corresponding preceding year as VP and following year as Past President.  Jocelyne has been a leader in APLA's advocacy efforts for libraries for several years. "Through Jocelyne's efforts in particular, APLA was rejuvenated as an organization empowered to speak on behalf of the contribution libraries, librarians, library assistants and technicians make to our communities", remarks a supporter.


Please join us in honouring Jocelyne Thompson at the APLA Merit Award Presentation and Closing Reception on Wednesday, May 24, at the Rodd Charlottetown during the APLA conference in beautiful Prince Edward Island.


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Lynn Somers

Past President

Atlantic Provinces Library Association


Acting Director

Nova Scotia Provincial Library

Dept of Communities, Culture and Heritage

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