School Librarian of the Year Award

The School Librarian of the Year award recognizes an SLRI member who successfully fills the roles of teacher, instructional partner, leader, information specialist, and program administrator while building relationships with students and colleagues. Special consideration will be paid to accomplishments achieved in the past two years.

Who is eligible for this award? Any current SLRI member in good standing (current SLRI Executive Board members--officers, immediate past president, standing committee chairs, members-at-large--are not eligible for this award)

Who may nominate for this award? Any current SLRI member in good standing may make one nomination per school year

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

What form does the award take? Esteemed recognition on behalf of SLRI, a customized token of appreciation, and an invitation to the annual Waterfire honoring Teachers of the Year across the state

Submission Guidelines: 

  • The submission deadline for 2019 has passed
  • Descriptions of the winning entry may be posted to the SLRI website
  • Incomplete, illegible, or late entries will be disqualified
  • The application must show that the nominee has demonstrated success in teaching, cultivating relationships, achieving goals, and pursuing professional development
  • At least 3 readers will review each application using the attached rubric
  • 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

  • Please note that award eligibility, application, selection, and submission criteria may be changed at the discretion of the SLRI Awards Chair and/or the SLRI Executive Board.

Any questions about this award or about the application process may be emailed to with “School Librarian of the Year” in the subject line. 

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