Distinguished Service Award (AASL)

About the Distinguished Service Award (AASL) 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.

Established in 1978.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency


This award is given out on an annual basis.


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

Application Instructions

Visit the AASL website to apply.

Contact Information

Shannon Carter (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018) - scarter@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-4381
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

See the AASL website for criteria.


Recipients are notified in the spring.