CNIB’s Dr. Dayton M. Forman Award

Presented to HarperCollins Canada

On Friday, October 21, HarperCollins Canada, was awarded the 2011 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award at the CNIB 2011 Conference at the Delta Toronto East Hotel in Toronto.

The Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award, established by the CNIB Library Board of Directors in 1996, recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss or print disabilities.

Dr. Dayton M. Forman was an exceptional humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who cannot easily access printed material.

For more than one million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, CNIB’s library helps individuals rediscover the joys of reading by making books, magazines, newspapers and films available in a variety of accessible formats.

This year, we are pleased to honour HarperCollins Canada for their trailblazing contributions to CNIB’s library.

Dayton Forman Award Recipients

Photo: [left to right] Ms. Betty Nobel, Chair, CNIB Library Board with guide dog Brady; accepting the award on behalf of HarperCollins Canada Mr. Steve Osgoode, Senior Director, Digital Business Development; Ms. Janet Forman, daughter of Dr. Dayton M. Forman; Kevin Burns, Past Chair & Acting Treasurer, CNIB Library Board

CNIB’s library fulfills a growing need for Canadians living with vision loss. In the past, we have sometimes struggled to maintain an up-to-date catalogue of current titles; however, in 2009, we entered into an agreement with HarperCollins Canada that is the first of its kind with a commercial publisher, making a large number of new and in-demand titles available to our clients.

HarperCollins Canada has demonstrated an historical commitment to making their books accessible in audio formats under the imprint HarperAudio. Similar to CNIB’s approach, HarperAudio first published their works on cassette tapes and eventually moved to digital, enabling publishing on CD and web formats.

Since establishing this partnership with CNIB, HarperCollins has generously supplied their entire backlist of available audio titles to our library, in addition to honouring a favourable pricing model for the purchase of new titles. HarperCollins has also granted permission to convert these titles to DAISY format—an audio format used by over 90 per cent of library users.

This partnership is tremendously important for ensuring equitable access to quality literature for Canadians living with vision loss or print disabilities.

CNIB’s library users can now enjoy a wider, more comprehensive collection that includes “books with buzz.” New, best-selling books cover many genres and authors such as Michael Crichton, Barbara Gowdy and Neil Gaiman.

HarperCollins’ commitment to bringing contemporary and culturally significant books to our clients means that blind and partially sighted Canadians can maintain their independence and quality of life through access to enriching literature.

The first of its kind, this partnership is a prototype that can be replicated with other publishing houses, which would further deepen and strengthen CNIB’s collection and continue to help us meet the needs of our growing client base.

“I would like to congratulate HarperCollins Canada for their outstanding leadership and contributions toward enhancing the lives of Canadians living with vision loss or print disabilities. Thank you for your compassionate commitment and for helping CNIB achieve its mission.” Said Betty Nobel, Chair of the CNIB Library Board.

Steve Osgoode, Senior Director, Digital Business Development accepted the award on behalf of HarperCollins Canada. “This award is a great honour and I’m very pleased to accept it on behalf of my colleagues at HarperCollins Canada,” said Steve.

Past recipients of the annual award include The Vancouver Public Library, Hiroshi Kawamura, President of DAISY Consortium, University of Toronto, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) and Frank Clegg, President, Microsoft Canada.

About CNIB

CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss. Visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.

For more information, please contact:
Joy Charlton
Executive Assistant, Recording Secretary and
Manager, Library Administration
CNIB Library
Tel: 416-486-2500 x 7522