Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library receives the Francis Joseph Campbell AwardThe Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library, Toronto, is the recipient of the 2004 Francis Joseph Campbell Award given by the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum of the Libraries Serving Special Populations Section of ASCLA.
The citation and medal are presented by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies to a library or person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped.
“The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library has set a new international standard of excellence in advancing library services and resources to their clients who are blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled,” said Ruth Nussbaum, award committee chair.
The award is named for Francis Joseph Campbell (1832-1914), an American who lost his sight at the age of five. He was the music director at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and the Perkins Institution for the Blind and was instrumental in the founding of the Royal National College for the Blind. He was knighted by King Edward VII of England.