Are you an innovative librarian who has shown exceptional achievement? Please consider this award by consulting with the University Librarian.

Funding Options

Two $10,000 awards are available. Recipients can choose to accept this award as a lump sum payment, which will be taxed as salary income or added to their Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER). A PER is not taxed and must be claimed against original receipts.


All librarian members of the bargaining unit, with the exception of those in their first year of employment, are eligible for the annual awards. Award recipients will be eligible to apply for further awards in the Fall term of the seventh year following the year in which the previous award was received. For example, if you received an award on May 1, 2014, you will be eligible to apply for another Professional Achievement Award for Professional Librarians in the fall term of 2021. However, awards received prior to May 31, 2012 will not affect your application eligibility.

How to Apply

There is no application or nomination form required. The following are mandatory components of the nomination or application package:

  • Nomination letter or application letter
  • Current C.V. (if not provided with nomination)
  • List of previous Professional Achievement Awards for Professional Librarians and years awarded, if applicable.

The following are not mandatory, but will enhance the nomination or application package:

  • Letter(s) of support
  • Statement from nominee or applicant of why the award is deserved

Selection Process

Recommendations are made by the Peer Evaluation Committee to the University Librarian. Subject to Article 42.4(b)(ii) of the Collective Agreement, the Committee’s recommendation shall be final and binding. The University Librarian reports the decisions of the Peer Evaluation Committee to the Provost and Vice-President Academic). The Peer Evaluation Committee will look for exceptional achievement in one or more of the following areas (above and beyond regular job duties):

  • Improving Library services and operations
  • Facilitating access to technology and scholarly resources
  • Leadership in communications, management, or public outreach and relations
  • Contributions to instruction, teaching and learning
  • Engagement in research and scholarly pursuits within or external to Carleton University
  • Participation in university committees and initiatives beyond the library

Recommendations will be made by the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) to the President and Vice-Chancellor by Dec. 21. Award funding will be transferred on May 1 of the following year. Recipients can choose to defer the award for up to one year for reasonable cause.

Nominate a Colleague

Nominations must be made to the Peer Evaluation Committee. The Peer Evaluation Committee must submit its selections to the University Librarian by November 20. For details on the deadline for submissions to the Peer Evaluation committee, please consult with the University Librarian.

More Information

This award is governed by the Collective Agreement between Carleton University and CUASA, Article on Professional Achievement Awards. For more information, please contact the University Librarian.

Previous Recipients

Congratulations to all the previous recipients of the Professional Achievement Award for Professional Librarians.