Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award Application


How Does a Library Apply?                                

Application for the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is in the form of a self-nomination submitted online to the Sara Jaffarian Award Selection Committee by an elementary or middle school library in the United States, on a humanities program or program series presented during the prior school year. Click here to complete an application.

What Is the Deadline for Applying?

All online applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.  The online application for the 2013 Jaffarian Award is for programs that occurred during the 2011–2012 school year. Each application submitted by the deadline will be acknowledged by an automatic email. The winning library will be notified in April and announced in June.

What Are the Criteria for Selection of the Award Winner?

The applications will be reviewed by the Sara Jaffarian Award Selection Committee. Applications will be rated on the following criteria:

  • Excellence, appeal and innovation of program content and presentation.

  • Impact, as evidenced by involvement and awareness of parents, administrators, and community leaders (letters in support of nomination are encouraged).

  • Evidence of collaborative relationships in developing the programming (e.g., parents, teachers, administrators, humanities scholars, community groups).

  • Relationship of the programming to the curriculum and evidence of a curriculum component for classroom treatment of the humanities theme(s) or topic(s) emphasized in the program.

  • Replicability of the programming and the winner’s willingness to participate in a conference program or online meeting to showcase the winner as a model for excellence for other school libraries.


Download the Jaffarian Award guidelines

For questions about the Sara Jaffarian School Library Award, the guidelines or the application, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, 312-280-5053 or

For more information on the Sara Jaffarian School Library Award, please visit the award home page.