Maurice Tougas Award

The SLRI Maurice Tougas Award recognizes excellence among the graduating class of GSLIS’s School Library Media Program by rewarding the hard work of an emerging professional to develop future leaders in the state in honor of Maurice Tougas's legacy.


Who may submit an application for this award? Any current GSLIS student in good standing with an expected graduation date in 2019 who meets the selection criteria outlined below 

When will the award be announced? At the RILA Annual Conference in May 2019

What form does the award take? $250 and one year free SLRI membership / conference attendance

Selection Criteria: 

Nominees must

  • achieve high academic performance
  • demonstrate leadership qualities
  • exhibit potential for noteworthy contributions to the field
  • be a matriculated GSLIS student in good standing who will graduate in 2019
  • complete a student teaching practicum at a Rhode Island school with the intention to become part of the Rhode Island professional community


Submission Guidelines: 

  • Nominees must submit a current resume and a 300-500-word essay on a topic of SLRI's choosing (see below for 2019 topic)
  • Concise, well-written, engaging entries enjoy a clear advantage over other submissions
  • Incomplete, illegible, or late entries will be disqualified
  • At least 3 readers will review submissions using the attached rubric
  • The nominees and/or the award recipient may be invited to serve a future role in SLRI
  • The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence as defined by the criteria and rubric posted above; SLRI reserves the right to withhold the award if submissions do not meet these requirements
Nominees must submit a current resume and essay by April 15, 2019. Any questions about this award or about the application process may be emailed to slri.awards@gmail.com with “Maurice Tougas Award” in the subject line. 



Essay Topic:

The school librarian's role encompasses a broad range of roles and responsibilities. You deliver lessons, manage collections, support curriculum, and navigate relationships with students and faculty, all the while keeping up on the latest trends in education and technology and reading new literature for your age group. 

As you prepare to enter the field, what is one concrete action step you plan to take in your first year as a school librarian? Your essay may describe a lesson plan, a grant idea, advocacy efforts, technology integration, community-building activities, collection development, or anything else that drives you.

We look forward to reading about your future contribution to the profession!


2019 Maurice Tougas Award Application Form


Previous Recipients:

  • 2017-Alyssa Taft
  • 2016-Kristin Polseno
  • 2015-Kevin St. Jean
  • 2013- Sarah Ornstein
  • 2012-Laura Gladding
  • 2011- Suzanne Jordan
  • 2010- Leah Chapdelaine
  • 2008- Mary Beauchemin
  • 2007- Stephanie Mills
  • 2006- Zachary Berger
  • 2005-Darshell Silva
  • 2004-Jill Jackson-Fernandes
  • 2003- Debra Cohen
  • 2002- Michelle Steever
  • 2001-Donna Hayes
  • 2000-Rosanne Trissler and Maureen Ingegneri
  • 1999-Suzanne Lynch
  • 1996- Heidi Blais





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