Lesley Farmer receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/01/2017


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – Lesley Farmer, professor of library media at California State University Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Farmer has written extensively on school library-related issues, including 35 monographs and more than 200 book chapters and articles. She has also edited and reviewed for more than a dozen journals. Throughout her career, Farmer has been involved in more than 15 research projects and 32 grants, which focused on school library standards and practice, literacy project factors, information/ICT integration, instruction, and data analytics.

“For over 45 years, Dr. Farmer has served the school library field as a dedicated leader, an outstanding advocate for school librarians, and a prolific writer and scholar,” wrote Karen Gavigan in her letter of support. “Dr. Farmer has conducted numerous studies that have had a significant impact on the school library field. Her research agenda includes the analysis of California and national school library survey data. She has also studied the integration of technology into K-12 and teacher education curriculum.”

For AASL, Farmer has served on the Board of Directors, as regional director for the AASL Affiliate Assembly, and as the chair of the Educators of School Librarians Section. She is also an active member of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) where she has served as the School Libraries SIG co-chair.

Renée Ousley-Swank writes, “It is my great honor and privilege – in recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in educating and promoting school librarianship and school library development – to support the nomination of Dr. Lesley Farmer for this award. Lesley’s breadth of work internationally, nationally and within California far exceeds the criteria in all areas. She has dedicated her life to service and visionary leadership to AASL; to her state affiliate; to international library affiliates; and to the profession as a whole.”

“This year there were many excellent nominations for the AASL Distinguished Service Award,” said Diana Wendell, award committee chair. “Nevertheless one did stand out from the others and that was Lesley Farmer’s. Her service to California and the profession as a whole has been truly exemplary.”

The AASL award winners will be honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony & President’s Program during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The ceremony will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers during this recognition event.

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