The Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia knows what public libraries mean to you, your family, and your community.

Better known as “LBANS”, our mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and support quality public library service for each and every Nova Scotian.

LBANS members are appointed from each of the nine regional library boards in Nova Scotia.

Some are elected councillors while others are volunteers, but all have a passion for public libraries and the services they offer.

Objectives of LBANS include:

  • Promoting quality public library service
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas
  • Promoting cooperation between the regional library boards
  • Representing the public library system
  • Advocacy on behalf of public libraries to government and other stakeholders

We encourage you to learn more about LBANS and become involved. After all, it is your library.

View our updated by-laws by clicking the button below.

View our By-Laws (PDF)

Executive Members 2022 -2023

President – Murdoch Moore, Cape Breton Regional Library

Secretary/ Treasurer –  Sherry Irvine Throburn, Western Counties Regional Library

Director –   South Shore Public Libraries – Cynthia Bruhm

Director – Eastern Counties Regional Library – Clair Rankin

Director – Simon Lewand, Pictou Antigonish Regional Library

Director – Dale Fawthorp, Cumberland Public Libraries

Director – Janet Ness, Annapolis Valley Regional Library

Director – Colchester East Hants Public Libraries – Vacant

Executive Secretary – Christina Pottie

Honorary Award

The Honorary Membership Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of public library trusteeship and public service in Nova Scotia.


1. The Nominee must be a current or past member of LBANS.
2. The Nominee must have provided distinguished service as a trustee on at least two of the local, regional or provincial levels.
3. The length of service to the library community, the offices held, the nature of the contribution(s) made, and the distinctions recognized will be taken into account.
4. Public service in other area” of activity will be considered.


1. The LBANS Honorary Awards Committee will consist of three (3) persons, the Vice-President of LBANS in that year and two Executive members of his/her choice.
2. The nominee must be sponsored by at least two other members of LBANS.
3. Nominations must be submitted on the OFFICIAL NOMINATION FORM, available from the LBANS Secretary or from any member of the LBANS Executive, along with the required documentation.
4. At least two evaluative letters of support from two persons in the library community (beyond the two LBANS nominators) should accompany the documentation required on the OFFICIAL NOMINATION FORM.
5. Nominations and supporting documentation must be received by the LBANS Secretary not later than March 1 in any year.
6. The Award shall consist of a plaque.
7. The Award will be presented at the time of the annual LBANS Conference.
8. If, in any year, no appropriate recipient is identified by the LBANS Honorary Membership Award Committee, no award will be made.

Award Recipients


In 1997 the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia began to acknowledge public library trustees for their distinguished service to public libraries in Nova Scotia. This recognition is expressed in the form of an LBANS Honorary Membership.

  • 2019 – Jimmy MacAlpine, Western Counties Regional Library
  • 2018 – Ruby McDorman, Colchester East Hants Regional Library
  • 2017 – G. Douglas Vaisey, Halifax Public Libraries
  • 2015 – Marie Hogan Loker – South Shore Public Libraries
  • 2014 – Joe Walsh – Eastern Counties Regional Library Board
  • 2013 – Janet Ness – Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board
  • 2012 – Shirley Pineo – Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board
  • 2011 – Claire Detheridge – Cape Breton Regional Libary
  • 2010 – John Patterson – Colchester East Hants Regional Library
  • 2009 – Mary MacLellan – Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
  • 2008 – Betty Thomas – Halifax Public Library
  • 2007 – Larry Honey – Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board
  • 2006 – Don Zwicker – South Shore Regional Library
  • 2004 – Jean Melanson – Western Counties Regional Library
  • 2003 – Allister MacDonald – Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
  • 2002 – Alan Wilson – South Shore Regional Library Board
  • 2001 – Rod MacArthur – Cape Breton Regional Library Board
  • 2000 – Eileen Henry – Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board
  • 1999 – Russell Fisher – Cumberland Regional Library Board
  • 1998 – Gary Archibald – Western Counties Regional Library Board
  • 1997 – Maria Cameron Colchester – East Hants Regional Library Board

Meeting Minutes

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