Announcing the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award winners!

Each year, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing recognize passionate, inspiring librarians from all across the country for their dedication to their profession through the School Librarian of the Year Award. In its fourth year, this 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.

For the first time ever, four librarians were honored as “Heroes” for outstanding performance in designated categories. Today, we are excited to announce all of the 2017 winners!

  • Tamiko Brown, Ed White Elementary School, El Lago, TX – 2017 School Librarian of the Year
  • Alisha Wilson, Booker T. Washington High School, Pensacola, FL – Maker Hero
  • Jan Wilson, Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA – Hero of Collaboration
  • Liz Phipps Soeiro, Cambridgeport School, Cambridge, MA – Hero of Family Outreach
  • April Wathen, George W. Carver Elementary School, Lexington Park, MD – Hero of Equitable Access

Each nomination was evaluated by a panel of qualified industry professionals (including 2016 School Librarian of the Year, Todd Burleson!). These five librarians impressed judges with their passion for learning and personal growth, effective integration of library services with curricula, student engagement, parent and family outreach, and more.

In addition to receiving prizes from School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing, all five school librarians are currently featured in the September 2017 issue of School Library Journal, with winner Tamiko Brown as the cover story.

“It is an honor to represent the school library profession for the next school year,” said Brown. I am truly grateful to serve as a librarian where personalized learning, a research driven environment, and collaborative leadership are expected daily, so our students can thrive and reach their goals.”

You can join us in celebrating these amazing librarians by using #SchoolLibOTY on social media!

Congratulations Tamiko, Alisha, Jan, Liz, and April and thank you for inspiring us and everyone around you!  

Cover Photo by Felix Sanchez