Applications now available for the second annual Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming

Contact: Colleen Barbus
Administrative Assistant, PPO
312-280-5053
cbarbus@ala.org
For Immediate Release
September 25, 2007

Applications now available for the second annual Sara Jaffarian

School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming

New application deadline: December 1, 2007

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA, is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the second annual Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. Any elementary or middle school library, public or private, is eligible to apply. School library programs that serve children in any combination of grades K-8 are also encouraged to apply.

Revised award guidelines and the application are available online at
www.ala.org/jaffarianaward , and are due by December 1, 2007.

The Sara Jaffarian Award is an annual award recognizing a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities. It consists of a $4,000 cash award, a plaque and the promotion of the winner as a model program for other school libraries. To encourage other school libraries interested in developing outstanding humanities programs, the selected library will participate in a professional development presentation, focusing on the selected school’s program as a model for inspiration and adaptation by other school library media programs.

To be considered, applicant libraries must have conducted a humanities program or program series during the prior school year (2006-2007). The humanities program can be focused in many subject areas, including but not limited to social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the wider world and their place in it. The humanities program should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.

Award applications are also available by mail. To request an application via mail or for questions regarding Jaffarian Award guidelines, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5053 or
publicprograms@ala.org . All applications must be received by December 1, 2007. The winning library will be notified in April 2008 and announced in June 2008 as part of ALA’s 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is named after Sara Jaffarian, a retired school librarian and long time member of ALA. Jaffarian made a generous donation to ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund in order to establish the award. The award will be administered by the ALA Public Programs Office, which provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help all types of libraries develop and host cultural experiences for adults, young adults, children and families. Awards will be made by a selection committee comprising ALA members, including representatives from the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC) of the ALA Public Programs Office and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA.