Lois Hole Lifetime Achievement Award


The Alberta Library Trustees Association (ALTA) Board of Directors established the Lois Hole Life Membership Award to recognize Albertans who have made a significant contribution to libraries and library trusteeship. The Board of Directors reserves the right to determine how many Lois Hole Life Memberships, if any, are to be awarded each year. The Alberta Library Trustees Association established the Lois Hole Award in 2001 in honour of the passion that our Lieutenant-Governor had for the role libraries play in our society and in gratitude for her support for libraries in Alberta. The successful candidate(s) will be notified and be given the choice of where they would like the award presented to them.  


  • Nominations for Lois Hole Life membership may be made by the Board of the Alberta Library Trustees Association or by any member board in good standing with the Alberta Library Trustees Association.
  • Notices requesting nominations for Honorary Life Membership shall be sent to member library boards after the fall meeting of the ALTA Board.
  • Trustees currently sitting on the ALTA Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • The nominee does not have to be serving as a trustee at the time of the nomination.
  • Completed nomination forms shall be accompanied by a résumé of the nominee’s career and assessment of his/her contributions to the library community.
  • Winners will be selected from nominations received by a committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Alberta Library Trustees Association.

CRITERIA In general, persons eligible should have:

  • provided leadership in the library community;
  • served as trustees in public libraries or public library systems in the province, or made a significant contribution to the library community; and
  • served libraries in capacities beyond their local library or system board.

In particular, persons eligible may have achieved one or more of the following:

  • fulfilled offices in the Alberta Library Trustees Association;
  • contributed to the organization of the Alberta Library Conference;
  • served exceptionally long terms in library trusteeship;
  • provided leadership in the establishment of new libraries and library systems;
  • participated in major innovations in library management and operation;
  • served in a recognized provincial or national library related organization;
  • promoted literacy;
  • contributed significantly to trustee education; and/or
  • have made significant contributions to the literature which supports the efficiency, management and growth of the library community.

2017 Lois Hole Lifetime Achievement Winner | Diane Osberg

On behalf of The Alberta Library Trustees Association, we are delighted to present Diane Osberg of the Sheep River Public Library Board, the 2017 Lois Hole Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane, you has exemplified outstanding service and leadership to the Alberta library community over the past 37 years. Diane’s Accomplishments and Service includes;

  • Chair of Sheep River Library Board
  • Marigold Library Systems
  • Board member of the Alberta Library Trustees Association and Chair of the Education Committee
  • Represented ALTA on the Alberta Library Conference Committee
  • Diane is committed to ensuring literacy and quality of life for Alberta rural communities.

Congratulations, Diane! On behalf of ALTA, thank you for your incredable dedication to the library community!  

Past Award Winners

  • 2016 Lois Hole Award: Dwight Nagel, Alix Library Board
  • 2014 Lois Hole Award: Gary Beeson, Swan Hills Library
  • 2013 Lois Hole Award: Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library
  • 2012 Lois Hole Award: Hinton Municipal Library
  • 2011 Lois Hole Award: Medicine Hat Library Board
  • 2007 Lois Hole Award: Cold Lake Public Library Board
  • 2006 Lois Hole Award: Banff Public Library Board
  • 2005 Lois Hole Award: Medicine Hat Public Library Board
  • 2004 Lois Hole Award: Sheep River Public Library Board
  • 2003 Lois Hole Award: Edmonton Public Library Board
  • 2002 Lois Hole Award: Redwater Public Library Board

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