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 2016 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.
Application deadline is May 20, 2016. Find guidelines and learn more at www.slj.com/awards/school-librarian-of-the-year