Awards Committee & Subcommittees

Awards Committee

Chair: Bonnie Grimble email icon

Staff liaison: Jonna Ashley email icon

Board liaison: Catherine Evans email icon

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Charge

To coordinate the AASL awards committees, to plan a public event honoring each year's award recipients, and to evaluate continuing and new awards for the association.

Function

  • Review criteria for new and continuing awards and, in consultation with the sponsor, make recommendations for change.
  • Advise on list of contacts for each award.
  • Evaluate the need for new awards and seek funding in cooperation with the Executive Director to support these new awards.
  • Determine responsibilities for awards administration, including publicity for awards and for recipients.
  • Assist in planning and help coordinate a public event honoring award recipients at Annual Conference or other AASL functions.
  • Review and recommend changes in policy and procedures regarding all awards.

Committee composition: Chair, plus chairs of all the award subcommittees.

Awards Subcommittees

Function for all Subcommittees

  • Review the applications for the award by meeting in person or electronically.
  • Reach consensus, based on approved criteria and evaluation process, on the award recipient(s).
  • Communicate name of winner(s) to AASL Office; maintain secrecy regarding selection until notified by AASL Office.
  • Present (Chair or designee) the award at the Annual Conference awards function.
  • Make recommendations to the Awards Committee, as appropriate, for changes to the award or award process.

Awards Subcommittee: ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

Chair: Floyd Pentlin email icon

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Charge

To select the recipient of the annual award to enable an AASL affiliate organization to plan and implement a leadership development program.


Awards Subcommittee: Collaborative School Library Award

Chair: Beth Kabes email icon

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Charge

To select the recipient of the annual award which recognizes and hopes to encourage collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Collaboration is defined as joint planning and implementation of resource based instruction, program or event in support of the curriculum.


Awards Subcommittee: Distinguished School Administrators Award

Chair: Krista Britton email icon

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Charge

To review the nominations for the selection of an administrator to receive the AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award for the administration of a school or group of schools who has make an outstanding and sustained contribution toward furthering the role of the library and its development in elementary and/or secondary education.


Awards Subcommittee: Distinguished Service Award

Chair: Rocco Staino email icon

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Charge

To act in a planning capacity in cooperation with Baker & Taylor in the selection of an individual who will receive a cash award for providing an outstanding contribution to school librarianship and school library program development.


Awards Subcommittee: Frances Henne Award

Chair: Pamela Renfrow email icon   

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Charge

To select the recipient of the Frances Henne Award, an annual grant to enable a school librarian with five or fewer years in the profession to attend an AASL national conference or ALA Annual conference.


Awards Subcommittee: Information Technology Pathfinder Award

Chair: Carolyn Starkey email icon  

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Charge

To select the recipients of the awards for innovative use of information technology in the school library in an elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) setting.


Awards Subcommittee: Innovative Reading Grant

Chair: Sharon Carvell email icon

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Charge

To select the recipient of the annual grant that enables school librarians to support the planning and the implementation of a unique and innovative program for students that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.


Awards Subcommittee: Intellectual Freedom Award

Chair: Michelle Bayuk email icon

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Charge

To act in an advisory capacity in cooperation with ProQuest, in the selection of an individual who will receive a cash award for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth in "Policies and Procedures for Selection of Instructional Materials."


Awards Subcommittee: National School Library Program of the Year Award

Chair: Nancy Everhart email icon

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Charge

To act in an advisory capacity to the Follett Library Resources and AASL in the selection of school districts to be given cash awards for demonstrating excellence in their school library programs; the eligibility criteria will include schools and school systems from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.


Awards Subcommittee: Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

Chair: Terrence Young email icon

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Charge

To act in an advisory capacity to the Follett Library Resources and AASL in the selection of school districts to be given cash awards for demonstrating excellence in their school library programs; the eligibility criteria will include schools and school systems from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.


Visit the AASL Awards pages