An annual award presented by School Library Journal (SLJ) and sponsored by Scholastic 

2022 eligibility requirements, judging criteria, and application
process below

 

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2021 SCHOOL LIBRARIANS OF THE YEAR
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Multitasking in Molokai: Diane Mokuau, 2021 School Librarian of the Year
Journeying with Jones: Amanda Jones, 2021 School Librarian of the Year




 

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2018 SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

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2017 SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

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2016 SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

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2015 SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

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2014 SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

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SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR IN THE NEWS

 

Publishers Weekly:
Lerner Partners With Read Woke To Launch Book Series

The Library Voice:
Three Amazing Teacher Librarians Honored By Scholastic & School Library Journal!

The Chicago Tribune:
Passion for learning, teaching leads District 36’s Todd Burleson to national honor

Kenosha News:
Kenosha man named school librarian of the year

South Coast Today:
‘Invested in reading’ Dartmouth Middle School librarian’s passion for books & tech wins her national honors

Dartmouth Week:
What’s new at the Dartmouth Middle School library? (Laura Gardner)

Wicked Local – Shrewsbury:
Westborough High School librarian wins School Librarian of the Year Award

 

SLJ ARTICLES BY & ABOUT SCHOOL LIBRARIANS OF THE YEAR & FINALISTS

 


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.


 

2022 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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. They 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:

  • $2,500 cash award and a full year Scholastic subscription to one digital program (valued up to $3500)
  • $500 Scholastic Power of Story collection for their library
  • A feature profile in the April 2021 issue of SLJ.
  • An expensed trip to the American Library Association annual conference, Chicago, June 24—27 (hotel, airfare, registration, and a ticket to the Youth Media Awards banquet)

This year, the School Librarian of the Year award program will honor, in addition to the winner, two finalists, who will each receive:

  • $250 Scholastic Power of Story collection for their library
  • A full year Scholastic subscription to one digital program (valued up to $1000)  

The School Librarian of the Year will be invited to participate in an event sponsored by Scholastic and SLJ (details to come).

Previous applicants who have not yet received the award are encouraged to apply again.

 

2022 JUDGING & CRITERIA

A panel comprised of SLJ editors; a Scholastic Trade Publishing representative; Amanda Jones and Diane Mokuau, 2021 School Librarians of the Year; and a school district administrator, will judge nominations per 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

 

2022 APPLICATION PROCESS

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:

  • A description of library services and how they are delivered (i.e. scheduling)
  • The size and makeup of library media center resources, including staff
  • Budget information (school and library, and technology funding)
  • The physical plant (include approximate square footage of library)
  • Student demographics
  • A description of the community served
  • Two letters of recommendation must also accompany the application.

Photographs, video, links, including related blog posts and press coverage, and other supportive material, may also be submitted but will be considered supplementary.

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 (the production of related content for SLJ), the nominee must be aware of the application and attendant responsibilities of participation.

All required application elements, including both recommendation letters, must be emailed in one submission to sljlibrarianoftheyear@mediasourceinc.com. Required elements sent separately will result in an incomplete application, which will render them ineligible.

 

2022 KEY DATES

  • Nominations open: October 18
  • Nominations close: December 29
  • Winner announced: March 2021
  • Winner profiled in SLJ: April 2021

 

 

 

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