Announcing the 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners!

Earlier this year, a panel comprised of top industry professionals (including 2015 School Librarian of the Year, Kristina Holzweiss!) carefully combed through the impressive nominations that were sent in from across the country for the 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award.

This third annual award honors K–12 school library professionals for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools to engage students toward fostering multiple literacies. Today, we are excited to announce the outstanding 2016 winners!

  • Todd Burleson of Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL has been named 2016 School Librarian of the Year
  • Laura Gardner of Dartmouth Middle School in Dartmouth, MA has been selected as a finalist
  • Anita Cellucci of Westborough High School in Westborough, MA has been selected as a finalist

All three winners receive awards from School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing, and they are currently featured in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal, with Burleson as the cover story.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year,” said Burleson. “I've never worked harder or had more fun than my time working with students and encouraging collaboration in the library. My passion for learning, I've been told, is slightly contagious and I am excited to share my experiences and continue my professional growth with educators across the country.”

Please join us in celebrating these creative, passionate and tech savvy librarians using #SchoolLibOTY on social media and keep an eye out as they continue to innovate and inspire not only their students, but also their peers and the larger education community.

Congratulations Todd, Laura and Anita!

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