Information Technology Pathfinder Award

About the Information Technology Pathfinder Award The Information Technology Pathfinder Award recognizes and honors school librarians demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners.


Division One: For the innovative use of information technology in the school library program in an elementary (K-6) setting.Division Two: For the innovative use of information technology in the school library program in a secondary (7-12) setting.

Established in 1985 (as the Microcomputer in the Media Center Award.

Administered by:

American Association of School Libraries logo

Award and Frequency

  • $1,000 to the school librarian
  • $500 to the school library program
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Must be a personal member of AASL.

Application Instructions

View the award rating sheet.

Contact Information

Jonna Ashley (Staff Liaison, September 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017) -
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Each application will be judged on the basis of:

  1. the identification and utilization of technologies which address the needs of the school community;
  2. the integration of technology into the school curriculum; and
  3. the depth of the impact on student learning.

For the purpose of this award, "information technology" shall be defined as "any technology or combination of technologies that enables students and teachers to access, integrate, manage and produce information in a wide variety of formats." These technologies include, but are not limited to, computers and computer applications, databases, Internet, CD-ROM, laser technology, video, telecommunications, networking, distance learning and other emerging technologies.