Kristen Wurmann Named Recipient of CASLIS Award for Special Librarianship in Canada
Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2010/05/05
(Ottawa, May 5, 2010) The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques today announced that Kirsten Wurmann is this year’s recipient of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS) Award for Special Librarianship in Canada in recognition of her unique contributions to special librarianship with a focus on leadership in the area of law libraries and public legal education.
Awarded annually since 1979, the award is intended to recognize and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution to special librarianship in Canada through professional and/or Divisional activities. Professional activities may include research, publishing, teaching, or significant participation in other related professional associations.
Kristen Wurmann, librarian at the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta, exemplifies the best of the profession in her dedication to the right of everyone in our society to know about, and have free access to, the law. Her unwavering commitment to enhancing quality of life by increasing legal literacy is evident in both her work and her extensive community involvement. In particular, she has demonstrated leadership and innovation by successfully advocating, and implementing, the use of technology to ensure that legal information reaches those with the greatest need to know, regardless of location or personal circumstances.
“We were impressed by the significant impact Kirsten makes in her profession and to society as a whole. She truly embodies the spirit of public service and the right to information, which are cornerstones of our profession. CASLIS is thrilled to have such a shining role model receive the 2010 CASLIS Award for Special Librarianship” stated Robyn Stockand, CASLIS President.
The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.