SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year
An annual award presented by School Library Journal (SLJ) and sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing The School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies.
To be considered, 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.
The winning school librarian will receive a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and be profiled in a feature article in the September 2015 issue of SLJ. Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and be featured with the winner in online multimedia articles for SLJ.com, sharing practical tips on best practices, including video content and screencast tutorials. The winner will receive an invitation to the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle, September 26-27, 2015, and $750 of the winner’s prize money will be allocated toward travel to that event.
Judging, criteria: A panel comprised of SLJ editors; Evan St. Lifer, VP Digital Initiatives, New Business Development, Scholastic Library Publishing; Michelle Colte, 2014 School Librarian of the Year; and a school administrator will judge nominations per the following criteria:
Application: A written statement of up to two pages describing the award nominee and the services implemented must demonstrate how the librarian’s accomplishments fulfill the award criteria above. Provide context regarding the school and its library, including:
Applicants can nominate themselves. Supporters (i.e. administrators, peers, institutions) can also nominate a librarian for the award. But due to the responsibilities of the winner/finalists (the production of related content for SLJ), the nominee must be aware of the application and attendant responsibilities of participation.
As much as possible, please send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.