AASL Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1978, the $3,000 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. Nominations must be made by AASL personal members.
Keith Curry Lance
A Ph.D. sociologist, Lance has devoted his statistical training to America’s children by working with libraries and library organizations, primarily those relating to school and public libraries. He was the founding director of the Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library. He continued to work as a consultant after retirement, both independently and in association with the RSL Research Group. He has worked with library groups as a survey researcher, statistician, data analyst and conference and workshop speaker/facilitator.
A prolific writer, Lance has authored more than two dozen monographs, most studies of the educational or general social impact of libraries. He has also authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in major library publications, including AASL’s peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research, American Libraries, Library Journal, Library and Information Science Research, School Library Monthly and Teacher Librarian.