Awards (Professional Recognition)

Applications Open for 2022 AASL Awards

CHICAGO – Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2022 awards are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious awards program. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership, and innovation.

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Five projects receive 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding five libraries with the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

The 2021 John Cotton Dana Awards Selected

~ Eight Libraries Awarded $10,000 Grants from H.W. Wilson Foundation  ~

Virginia Beach Library Foundation Awarded 2021 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2021 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Virginia Beach Library Foundation on behalf of the Virginia Beach Public Library in Virginia Beach, VA.

The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member’s library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator to speak with children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to hear from a nationally known author/illustrator.

Nominations are now open for the I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for their outstanding public service contributions. Nominations are accepted online now through Sept. 27, 2021.

Dr. Trevor Owens Wins 2021 Core/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Dr. Trevor Owens has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. He is the Head of Digital Content Management at The Library of Congress.

Maryland Association of School Librarians receives AASL Chapter of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Chapter of the Year Award. The $1,000 award recognizes the AASL Chapter most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level.

Calvert County Public Schools named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – Calvert County Public Schools, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2021 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award.

Amanda Hurley receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Amanda Hurley, library media specialist for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implementation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

Carnegie Whitney Grant 2021 Award winners

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. 

The American Library Association Publishing Committee is proud to announce the 2021 Carnegie-Whitney Award winners, whose proposed projects promote reading or the use of library resources.

Grace Enriquez and Meg Burns