2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Open for Entries

If you're confident that you've gone above and beyond finding innovative ways to equip students with 21st-century literacies—or know a colleague who has—check out all the details on SLJ's 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award.

The September 2015 issue of SLJ, featuring winner Kristina Holzweiss.

School Library Journal's third annual School Librarian of the Year Award, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, is now accepting entries. K–12 librarians in the United States who have a story to tell about their exceptional achievement in the use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens and fostering multiple literacies in school are encouraged to apply now through May 20.

Applicants will be in the running for a $2,500 cash prize, along with $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and will be profiled in a feature article in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal. 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, including video content and screencast tutorials in which they share practical tips on best practices.


The September 2014 issue of SLJ, featuring winner Michelle Colte of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

School librarians are free to nominate themselves. For official guidelines on eligibility and how to apply, or nominate someone else, visit the award website.

Last year’s School Librarian of the Year Award winner, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School on Long Island, NY, will serve as a judge on this year’s panel. Last year, Holzweiss was honored alongside the two finalists, Lakisha Brinson of Robert E. Lillard Elementary School in Nashville, TN, and Sally Smollar of Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, FL.

Below, watch Holzweiss encourage her peers to consider entering this year's contest.

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