School Library Journal has launched the 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing. The School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 school library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies.
The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing and will be profiled in a feature article in the September 2014 issue of SLJ. Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and be featured with the winner on SLJ.com.
Applicants will be judged by a panel of school librarians, SLJ editors, Scholastic Library Publishing staff, a classroom teacher, and a school administrator on the following criteria:
- Exemplary service to fulfill the needs of students and school community
- Creativity in programming and use of content
- Collaboration with teacher peers, staff, and administrators
- Effective integration of library services with curricula
- Demonstrated student engagement
- Exemplary use of technology tools
- Outreach to parents, families
- Effective promotion of the library and what it offers
In order to be eligible, applicants must meet state requirements for school library media certification and be currently employed in a media specialist, teacher librarian, or equivalent position. He or she can be working in either a public or private school at a site level. Supervisors or managers of library programs (including at a district or regional level) are not eligible.
Nominations close May 23, and winners announced July 1. For questions regarding the submission process, contact SLJ’s Kathy Ishizuka: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants may nominate themselves. For details about the application process, go to: