2015 MSLA School Administrator Award for Distinguished Service: Elizabeth Linton

Eliz­a­beth Lin­ton is in her fourth year as an admin­is­tra­tor at Hamp­stead Ele­men­tary School. Hamp­stead School is rec­og­nized by the Mof­fat fam­ily (Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tions) as one of the need­i­est schools in Win­nipeg and at times Hamp­stead has found sup­port in the gen­eros­ity of this organization.

In the first year of her admin­is­tra­tion, Eliz­a­beth asked the staff to make a wish list. The library’s list was a small request of a set of match­ing chairs and a bul­letin board. The chairs did not come the first year, but the bul­letin board did with an extra bit of TLC. Over the week­end Eliz­a­beth went to the school and painted an old bul­letin board for the library, so that on Mon­day the cus­to­dian could have it installed. It was truly from the heart.

Elizabeth Loewen  Presents the 2015 MSLA School Administrator Award for Distinguished Service to Elizabeth Linton

Eliz­a­beth Loewen Presents the 2015 MSLA School Admin­is­tra­tor Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice to Eliz­a­beth Linton

Ms. Lin­ton shows sup­port for the library pro­gram by not only allow­ing bud­get requests to enter the queue of requests, which in itself gives the library a cer­tain degree of impor­tance, but she sup­ports the library in many other ways.

First, Ms. Lin­ton works directly with teach­ers to develop their under­stand­ing of the impor­tance of hav­ing a vibrant library pro­grams. Sec­ond, she clearly demon­strates per­sonal com­mit­ment to the pro­gram through par­tic­i­pa­tion in events and activ­i­ties of the library. Finally, she uses the role of the admin­is­tra­tor to facil­i­tate the cur­rent pro­gram and to con­tin­u­ally develop new pro­gram­ming so her stu­dents will have the best chance of meet­ing the infor­ma­tion age head on.

Ms. Lin­ton works with the teach­ers to ensure they all become engaged in the library pro­gram and offer sup­port to the library staff. This clearly shows sup­port for the teacher-librarian posi­tion and encour­ages the teacher-librarian to con­tin­u­ally develop and explore the most up to date pro­grams and strate­gies for the library.

Ms. Lin­ton is always avail­able to meet. She trusts the pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and exper­tise of the teacher-librarian, giv­ing con­sid­er­a­tion to ideas and sug­ges­tions; this encour­ages per­sonal and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. In Hamp­stead Ele­men­tary School the library is vis­i­bly an impor­tant and vital part of the fab­ric of the school.

Ms. Lin­ton has made a dif­fer­ence in our school and to our library. She has changed the look by allo­cat­ing funds for new match­ing chairs and match­ing tables, and she has committed…very tight bud­get dol­lars to pur­chase new books for our stu­dents. As well, she has con­vinced the main­te­nance depart­ment to replace all the old metal shelv­ing in the library to new mod­ern wooden shelves. Ms. Lin­ton has raised our pro­file and will make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of our stu­dents by sup­port­ing the work of libraries and encour­ag­ing lit­er­acy in our stu­dents and by pro­vid­ing resources so we can engage stu­dents mean­ing­fully with infor­ma­tion that mat­ters to them both in the class­room and the real world.