The Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award – 2018
Honoring a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media.
- Current member of MASL
- Certified School Librarian
- Actively serving as a school librarian in a public, private, or independent school in Maryland that serves any students in grades PreK-12
- Serving in the same role/position for 3+ years
- exemplifies the five roles (administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner) of a library media specialist as set forth in AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
- implements a library program that strives towards the goals set forth in AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner
- demonstrates a knowledge of and implements educational technologies into his/her library media and school curriculum
- shows outstanding leadership in advancing the practice of 21st century educational technology endeavors by being an innovator who strives to learn, adapt and introduce new technologies to students and teachers as they become available
- serves as a consultant/mentor to educators in the use of such educational technologies
- is recognized by colleagues, students, and the greater school community as an inspiration and asset to the academic endeavors of the institution
- maintains an ongoing collaborative partnership with teachers, community, and/or student groups
- demonstrates leadership in advancing the access to print, digital and technological resources to empower 21st century learners
- promotes a love of reading through reading program initiatives
All nominees who sufficiently meet the award criteria will receive a certificate of achievement. The award committee may elect to conduct site visits and/or virtual interviews with a small group of finalists. The chosen Maryland School Librarian of the Year will receive free registration to MASL 2018 and Common Ground 2019, and more (complete sponsorship list will be available soon)! The recipient is expected to be the closing keynote speaker at the 2018 MASL Conference, and is expected to attend and present at the 2019 Common Ground Conference.
Applicants can self nominate. Nominations may also come from supporters (principals, supervisors, colleagues, etc.), as long as the school librarian is made aware of the nomination and is willing to fulfill the expectations if selected. The nomination period will open December 1, 2017, and will remain open until January 12, 2018. Application review will take place in January and February of 2018. Site visits and interviews will occur at the discretion of the judging committee. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Common Ground Conference (May 3-4, 2018).
Application for Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award
Please provide a brief biography of the nominee, in 300 words or fewer. This biography will be publicized if chosen as a finalist. Please include the nominee’s educational training (schools attended, degrees & dates received), current position and number of years held, membership in any professional organizations and leadership positions held.
Please explain why you feel this person deserves to win this award. Describe completely the contributions the nominee has made to the advancement in the profession of school librarianship, using details and concrete examples. Specifically refer to and elaborate on the qualifications listed in the award criteria. Each question should be answered in 200 words or fewer, using concrete examples.
- How does the a nominee show outstanding skills in being a library administrator?
- How is the nominee a leader within the school or profession?
- How does the nominee exemplify being an information specialist?
- How does the nominee serve as a collaborative instructional partner?
- How does the nominee serve as a teacher?
- Please summarize, in 100 words or fewer, why he/she should be awarded this honor.
The online application is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q7TWTGM
Nominations will be accepted December 1, 2017 through January 12, 2018.
Questions should be directed to Melissa McDonald, MASL Awards Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and best of luck!