CNIB - CNIB presents BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS) with prestigious award to honour outstanding contribution to Canadians living with vision loss


St. John's, Newfoundland & BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS)became the newest recipient of the prestigious Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award, as the service was recognized for its outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss. The presentation took place last week at the 2007 Canadian Library Association annual conference.

The Award recognizes individuals or organizations demonstrating extraordinary commitment and leadership to Canadians living with vision loss. Introduced in 1995 by CNIB, the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award is offered annually in memory of Dr. Forman, who was an outstanding humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer.

CILS was recognized for its extraordinary service and support to post-secondary students at publicly-funded colleges and institutes in British Columbia who cannot access conventional print because of vision loss, or a learning or physical disability. Every effort is made to meet each student's expressed need for alternative formats such as audio and e-text not only for textbooks, but also learning resources and accessible information for research projects.

BC College and Institute Library Services.
BC College and Institute Library Services receives the 2007 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award.
Left to Right: Jane Beaumont, Chair, CNIB Library Board of Directors, Margaret Thomson (and Glover), CNIB Library Board, David Pepper, Director of Library, Media and Bookstore Services, and Mary Anne Epp, Director of Contract Administration, Library Contract Services, Langara College

In addition, CILS facilitates the students' skill development relating to the use of technology, specifically assistive technology, alternative formats and accessible information sources that will open the doors to lifelong learning.

"CILS has always been a valuable service for the Broadway campus of Vancouver Community College" says Betty Nobel, Department Head, Program for the Visually Impaired, Vancouver Community College. CILS serves a broad range of people with disabilities, and should be commended for doing a wonderful job of producing alternative format material. I am very grateful that this service is available to our students, and to other students throughout the province.

CILS produces and loans a variety of alternative format materials to its partners and libraries across Canada. These materials have been used by students with vision loss in British Columbia and beyond to further their educational goals. CILS has been especially helpful to graduating students as they transition from the educational arena to the workplace.

CNIB also presented the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Special Award to the TelecomPioneers of Canada for their work with the Talking Book Repair program. The TelecomPioneers use their knowledge and technical abilities to repair audio playback machines for people living with vision loss or a physical disability. TelecomPioneers repair approximately 70,000 machines a year and to date have maintained more than 2.1 million players.

Previous Dr. Dayton M. Forman Award recipients include Canada Post, Calgary Public Library, Industry Canada, Hamilton Public Library Resource Centre for Disabled Persons, Frank Clegg, Past President, Microsoft Canada, and The University of Toronto Adaptive Technology Resource Centre.

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