Anne Hébert Award

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The Quebec Library Association offers a student bursary on an annual basis, contingent on sufficient funding.


The bursary supports a full-time or part-time student in a Master’s degree program in the library and information field, living or working in Montreal.


The bursary is named in honour of Anne Hébert, a former ABQLA Student Chapter president who was committed to public library work in Montréal and Ottawa libraries.

I.  Purpose of the Award:

This award is given to support a full-time or part-time student in a Master’s degree program in the library and information field, living or working in Montreal, with tuition, supplies or living expenses. The bursary is given in honour of librarian Anne Hébert. Anne graduated with her MLIS from McGill University and worked at the Eleanor London Côte-St-Luc Public Library and the Bibliothèques de Montréal, as well as the Ottawa Public Library in Ottawa, Ontario. Anne’s passion for public libraries, particularly services for older adults, and her kindness, compassion and sense of humour, touched her clients and colleagues alike.

II. Award:

One award, in the amount of up to $500.00, will be presented at the ABQLA Annual Conference each year. The funds will come entirely from donations.

If the amount raised in a year exceeds $500, the excess will be kept in reserve for future years.

If less than $500 is raised in a year, and there is insufficient surplus from previous years, then only the amount raised (plus the surplus) will be awarded.

The award winner also receives complimentary registration at the annual ABQLA Conference in Montreal.

III. Eligibility and Criteria:

Applicants must be a current member of ABQLA, and must be currently enrolled in, or have accepted admission from, a Master’s degree in the library and information field. Applicants can only receive the award once.


Preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated interest or relevant experience in public library services, particularly services for marginalized populations (for instance, older adults or newcomers).

IV. Application Process:

In order to be considered eligible, candidates are invited to prepare an application package demonstrating their suitability for the award. The application package should include:

Please note that you must already be a member of the ABQLA to be eligible for this award. If you are not, please sign up here.

V. Selection Process:

The ABQLA Awards Committee will make the selection. Supervisors and co-workers of applicants are not eligible to review their proposals. The committee will review all applications based on the criteria and make their selection.

VI. Responsibilities of the Recipient:

Responsibilities of the Anne Hébert Award Recipient:

  • Agree to have photo and biographical information on the ABQLA website
  • Accept the award at the ABQLA Annual Conference with a brief thank you speech.

We also encourage successful applicants to share and publicize the news of their win through appropriate communication channels.

VII. Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by 6 PM EST on March 15, 2024.

VIII. Selection Notification:

Award applicants will be notified via e-mail.

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