Library Association of Alberta honours Marigold CEO with President’s Award

Jun. 07, 2022

Marigold Library System’s CEO Michelle Toombs was recognized last week with the Library Association of Alberta’s (LAA) President’s Award – capping off a career that spans nearly five decades, just weeks before Toombs' retirement.

The award recognizes the efforts of an individual or small group of individuals who have made a major impact on a province-wide basis in the library field of Alberta. The last time the award was presented was in 2018.

“I am grateful to LAA and to Pam Medland, Director of Airdrie Public Library, who nominated me for this award. This was an exceptional honour because I am surrounded by many dedicated, accomplished and influential public library professional,” Michelle said.

“Having a rewarding career as a library professional has been a dream come true — a dream that I apparently declared at 5 years of age.  Librarians have a sharing and caring ethic that is a model for the modern world.  I am grateful to have witnessed and participated in that throughout my 46 year career, and to have seen how libraries have been increasingly embraced and valued by the public. Rural and urban — we all have much in common as we strive for personal satisfaction and fulfilment and have high hopes for our families and communities.”

Michelle has an Information Technology Management Certificate from the University of Calgary, a Library Science Degree from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary. She has nearly 50 years of experience as a professional librarian and has been the CEO of Marigold Library System for 13 years. Michelle is an experienced and effective advocate for developing libraries and bringing public library services to rural and urban communities, with a strong understanding of strategic planning, Board governance, financial management and facilities and project management. Michelle has always demonstrated an unmistakable passion for her work, her staff and her love for strengthening Alberta communities.

Toombs was presented with the award on June 1, 2022.