We can’t think of a more deserving person than Stephen for this award. Those who know him realized a long time ago that service to librarianship and Stephen Abram are synonymous.
From meeting with info pros around the world to mentoring new librarians Stephen does whatever is needed whenever and wherever it’s needed.
On top of all of that Stephen is simply a great guy and extremely warm person. If you ever have a chance to meet him (it’s very likely you’ve met him already) you’ll instantaneously understand precisely what we’re talking about.
Congrats Stephen! Way to go!
This Canadian Library Association news release has more info.
Here’s a portion of it:
The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce that the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is being presented to Stephen Abram of Gale Cengage Learning. The CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is generously sponsored by Bowker.
Stephen epitomizes distinguished service: in his selfless contributions to this profession, his incredible intellect, and his willingness to sacrifice popularity for what he feels is right for librarianship. Stephen consistently demonstrates responsibility to the library profession. A one-of-a-kind librarian who,when he speaks around the world never fails to identify himself as a Canadian librarian, is willing totake risks, make tough decisions, and do whatever he can to further librarianship. He has volunteered countless hours to three of the foremost library associations in North America: CLA, OLA and SLA, sometimes working away in the background on committee tasks, and other times leading the associations as President – of all three.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to librarianship is his fostering of younger librarians. Stephen teaches, mentors, gives lectures and courses, and presents conference papers and much more. He also shares his wealth of knowledge by writing, blogging and using the internet and various other media to the fullest. He is probably one of the most connected and best connected in our field. He uses these tools not just for himself but to share with others. Stephen’s generosity of spirit and ideas is well known.