By: Toni Beaton (Second-Year MI Student)
The DLIAA (Dalhousie Library and Information Associated Alumni) was proud to present the Outstanding Alumni Award to veteran public librarian, Margie Singleton (MLIS ’80). The awards presentation and reception was held both in-person and online on Thursday, November 9, 2023. Kristy Hancock, Program Convenor of DLIAA, opened the awards presentation with a special introduction. Nathaniel Smith, Chair of DLIAA, joined the presentation virtually and introduced this year’s award recipient, Margie Singleton. The DLIAA described Singleton as a “staunch advocate, champion and ambassador for public libraries at the local, provincial and national levels,” and notes her work has had a lasting impact on library services in her city of Vaughan, ON, and the profession at large.
Margie Singleton graciously accepted, and both laughter and tears were shared amongst attendees during her acceptance speech. “Public libraries are essential to the health of a city,” Singleton says. “Everyone is treated equally, has the same right to privacy and the right to see themselves reflected in the materials. Libraries are an equalizer.” Of the 13 libraries in Vaughan under her stewardship, Singleton has overseen the design and construction of six, with a seventh under construction and an eighth in the architectural planning stage.
Congratulations Margie, on your well-deserved Outstanding Alumni Award!