Distinguished Service Award

Sponsored by Follett

Monetary amount: $3,000

Deadline: February 1, 2017


The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.


Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievements in one of more of the following areas:

  1. Service and visionary leadership to the organized profession through AASL and related organizations.

  2. Significant and influential research on school library programs.

  3. Publication of a body of scholarly and/or theoretical writing contributing to school library development.

  4. Influencing the planning and development of exemplary school library programs through legislative efforts, implementation of models, establishment of guidelines, or the teaching and/or mentoring of future library professionals.

Current AASL Directors and Board members are ineligible for nomination. Nominations must be made by AASL personal members.

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Questions? Contact Shannon Carter, 800-545-2433 x 4381

Past Recipients

Year Recipient
2017 Lesley Farmer
2016 Hilda Weisburg
2015 Ann M. Martin
2014 Debra ‚ÄčKachel
2013 Keith Curry Lance
2012 Sharon Coatney  
2011 Dr. Violet H. Harada  
2010 Marcia A. Mardis  
2009 No Recipient  
2008 Nancy P. Zimmerman  
2007 No Recipient  
2006 Michael Eisenberg  
2005 Rebecca Bingham  
2004 M. Ellen Jay  
2003 No Recipient  
2002 David Loerstcher  
2001 Hilda L. Jay  
2000 Carol Colier Kuhlthau  
1999 Jaqueline C. Mancall  
1998 Bernice L. Yesner  
1997 Blanche E. Woolls  
1996 Ken Haycock  
1995 Judith M. Pitts  
1994 Lucille Cole Thomas  
1993 Marilyn L. Miller  
1992 Dianne McAfee Hopkins  
1991 Barbara Spriesterbach  
1990 Ruth Bell  
1989 Virgina H. Mathews  
1988 Margaret I. Rufsvold  
1987 Alice Lohrer  
1986 Margaret Hayes Grazier  
1985 Frances S. Hatfield  
1984 Rheta A. Clark  
1983 Rachel Wingfield DeAngelo  
1982 D. Phillip Baker  
1981 Mary Helen Mahar  
1980 Mary V. Gaver  
1979 Frances E. Henne  
1978 Jean E. Lowrie