Nominate the 2017 School Librarian of the Year!

Brittany Sullivan  //  Mar 21, 2017

Nominate the 2017 School Librarian of the Year!

Do you know a teacher librarian who constantly goes above and beyond—someone who fearlessly tackles new technology to inspire colleagues, students, and the community?

You can nominate them for the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award!

This annual award, presented by School Library Journal (SLJ) and sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, 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.

A panel comprised of SLJ editors, Scholastic Library Publishing staff, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, and a school administrator will judge nominations based on creativity in programming and use of content, demonstrated student engagement, exemplary use of technology tools, and more. The winning School Librarian of the Year 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 2017 issue of SLJ!

**NEW FOR 2017: In addition to one winner, four finalists will be also honored this year as “Heroes” in four new categories:

  • Maker Hero: A standout creative individual leading the way in promoting hands-on learning with entrepreneurial and innovative programming in the maker tradition.
  • Hero of Equitable Access: A champion who promotes equal access to information, library services, and technology in his/her library and school, with particular attention toward reaching the underserved.
  • Hero of Family Outreach: This model of engagement connects with families, helping meet the unique needs of the community and helping promote a home/school connection through the library.
  • Hero of Collaboration: An exemplar who demonstrates great collaboration skills, teaming with a teacher, staff, administrators or community members at the local or district level—all toward benefiting students.

To learn more about the 2017 School Librarian of the Year Award application process, visit:

Interested applicants can nominate themselves, and supporters (administrators, peers, institutions, etc.) can also nominate a librarian for this award. Previous applicants who have not yet received the award are welcome to apply again. Nominations close May 20, 2017.