School Librarian of the Year

School Librarian of the Year Award

The School Librarian of the Year award honors a full-time librarian on the basis of exemplary library media programs as well as active participation and service to SCASL and other related professional organizations. Exemplary library programs are those defined as reflecting the themes of collaboration, leadership, and technology integration as outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners , School Librarians and School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians) and the SC State Achieving Exemplary Library and Standard for Library Resource Collections. Qualities of exemplary programs include outstanding and effective support of student learning through well-rounded, innovative, and comprehensive program administration; effective collaborative partnerships with teachers in both teaching and learning; and information access. In accepting this award, the School Librarian of the Year agrees to make presentations throughout the state to share his/her methods of best practice including presentations at the annual SCASL Conference and the South Carolina Administrator’s Conference. The School Librarian of the Year also agrees to write at least one article for The SCASL Messenger, serve on the SCASL Awards Committee, and represent SCASL in Columbia on South Carolina Legislative Day.

Members may be nominated multiple times but may only win once.


To recognize a certified school librarian who has made an outstanding contribution to school library service.


1.The nominee (minimum of 5 years experience required) should have made an outstanding contribution to school library service through

A. Active membership in SCASL and other related professional organizations.

B. Effective collaboration with classroom teachers to integrate materials into a standards-based curriculum.

C. Effective planning and implementation of an exemplary school library program as a certified, full time employee in a school library in South Carolina.

2. Nominations are accepted from members of SCASL, teachers presently working in South Carolina schools or administrators presently working in or with a South Carolina school. It is expected that nominated librarians will fill out their own applications. The application should be written in the first person.

3. Applications should include the following information. All sections should be labeled. Do not exceed space limitations indicated. Font size must be no less than 12 and text should be double-spaced.  All pages should be one-sided.

4. The written application must be shared with the chairperson using Google Drive at [email protected].  The file format should be Microsoft Word or PDF.  All applications must be submitted no later than the first Friday of December.  The video submission will be uploaded to either YouTube or TeacherTube and a private link will be shared to [email protected].  All applications and videos submitted will become the property of SCASL.  Email and faxes and hard copies will not be accepted. Please submit any questions to the Awards Committee Chair at [email protected]

A. Cover Sheet. Please include this information on a cover sheet (use 12 point type throughout the application):

1. Name of Nominee
2. Position
3. Name of School
4. School Address
5. Nominee’s E-mail Address
6. School Telephone
7. School District
8. Nominee’s Home Mailing Address
9. Nominee’s Home Telephone
10. Years in Present Position
11. Total Years Experience
12. Area(s) of Certification
13. Degrees earned with names of degree granting institutions and years degrees were earned
14. Name of Principal
15. Principal’s Telephone
16. Principal’s E-mail Address
17. Name of Nominator
18. Position of Nominator
19. Business Address of Nominator
20. Nominator’s Telephone Number
21. Nominator’s E-mail Address.
22. Give the Web address of the nominee’s school’s home page
23. Give the Web address of the nominee’s library's home page. The school library web pages should be up-to-date; disseminate information for the benefit of the learning community; promote reading, research, and the effective use of ideas and information; and reflect exemplary, effective, and innovative programming

B. School Community and Goals of the School Library.

Explain how the mission statement and the current goals of the school library program are in alignment with the mission statement and specific needs of the school community, including students, teachers and parents. Include the number of students and staff at your school and your operating budget. (Do not exceed 2 pages for Section B).

C. Collaboration, Leadership, and Technology Integration.

The librarian should choose three collaborative projects he/she has completed during the last 12 months that represent the best examples of his/her ability to partner with classroom teachers to create exciting experiences in an information-rich environment. These examples should highlight how the librarian serves as a leader in implementing quality teaching and learning by integrating materials, multimedia, research, information literacy skills, and technology into a curriculum-based unit of study from the initial process of setting learning objectives to assessing student learning. Each example should show how the librarian leads by partnering with teachers to create, implement, and assess learning experiences and how these collaborative projects impacted student learning. (Do not exceed 3 pages for Section C).

D. Creative and Innovative Programming.

Using three examples, explain how the librarian has successfully met the needs of his/her unique learning community (students, teachers, and parents) by planning and implementing creative and innovative programs and specifically how these programs have impacted student learning. One example should relate to technology and should demonstrate how the librarian has been a leader in the school community’s technology development over the last three years. A second example should relate to promoting reading and literacy.  The third example is the choice of the librarian.  (Do not exceed 3 pages for Section D).

E. Video.

Include one video highlighting the library's learning environment with narration by the librarian who is being nominated and also demonstrates how the librarian is fostering an appreciation of literature with students. The first part of the video should include a narrated 360 degree pan of the library to highlight the collection and organization of materials as well as the general appearance of the library(not to exceed 2-3 minutes). The second part should be a segment from a single lesson that demonstrates how the librarian assists students as developing readers to understand and appreciate literature or information literacy skills (not to exceed 15 minutes). Provide a written commentary that provides a context and describes the librarian's plan for instruction, analyzes the instruction and reflects on the librarian's ability to foster student appreciation of literature or assist students with information literary skills (not to exceed 2 pages).  The completed video submission will be uploaded to either YouTube or TeacherTube and a private link will be shared to [email protected] no later than the first Friday of December.

F. Professional Service and Professional Development.

List activities/awards that you have received within the last five (5) years that relate to service and professional development in the field of library and information science (i.e. membership roles in professional organizations, National Board certification, presentations at workshops and/or conferences, service on local and state committees, publications, grants, etc.). Also list any re-certification courses, graduate courses, and professional development courses completed or taught by the librarian during the last three years and how these courses impacted student learning. (Do not exceed 1 page for Section F).

G. Letters of Recommendation.

Submit three letters of recommendation that support the nominee’s role as an exemplary librarian who demonstrates outstanding service in three areas: teaching and learning, information access and delivery, and program administration. These letters of recommendation should describe the nominee’s ability to impact student learning by ensuring that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. At least one letter must be from the Principal who works in the same school as the nominee. (Do not exceed three letters). These letters should be included as part of your Google Doc and may be scanned to include any pertinent signatures.

H. Finalist Interviews via Conference Call.

The Awards Committee will call finalists to ask questions to substantiate evidence of the finalists’ abilities to impact student learning by (1) ensuring that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information; (2) demonstrating outstanding service in areas of teaching/learning, and information access/delivery; and (3) planning and implementing exemplary, effective, and innovative programs.

4. The Evaluation Form.

School Librarian of the Year Applicant Evaluation Form

The committee cannot consider any applications submitted after the first Friday in December deadline. The video submission should be uploaded to either YouTube or TeacherTube and a link to the video should be shared to [email protected]  All applications and videos submitted will become the property of SCASL.  Email, faxes and hard copies will not be accepted.  Applications will not be returned.

Finalists will receive written notification in January of the following year.

Responsibilities of the School Librarian of the Year

The recipient of the School Librarian of the Year (SLOY) award is expected to:

  • serve on the Awards Committee for two years.

  • attend S. C. Legislative Day in the spring and the S. C. administrator’s conference in June as a representative of SCASL’s finest.

  • write an article for the September issue of The SCASL Messenger telling of the experience of applying and receiving SLOY recognition as an encouragement to other media specialists.

  • prepare a concurrent session for the next year’s conference to share ideas and expertise in developing vibrant, successful school library media programs.