AASL Distinguished Service Award

About the AASL Distinguished Service Award 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

To apply, visit the AASL website.

Contact Information

Terrence E. Young, Jr. (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
Allison K. Cline (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) - acline@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-4385
American Library AssociationAmerican Association of School Librarians
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2729

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Selection Criteria

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.


Recipients are notified in the spring.