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 SLOY Award winner 2023

Dr. Sheri Anita Massey
2023 Maryland School Librarian of the Year 


Announcing Dr. Sheri Anita Massey as the winner of the 2023 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award which honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. The recipient of the award was announced at the Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference in Linthicum, Maryland (April 15, 2023).

Dr. Massey earned her Ph.D. in Information Studies and her Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. A former classroom teacher and university instructor, Dr. Massey is currently the school librarian at Cabin John Middle School in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools. Her research interests include digital libraries for children; the information behavior of urban youth; and, the development, implementation, and evaluation of school library media programs to promote student learning.

A statement from our winner, Dr. Massey:
Winning MASL’s School Librarian of the Year award is an incredible honor and a source of great pride for me. It feels fantastic to be recognized for the hard work, dedication, and passion that I have poured into my profession over the years. It also inspires me to continue to strive for excellence and to be a positive influence in the lives of others.

My goal for the year is to advocate for school libraries and the important role they play in promoting literacy, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. I also want to empower other librarians to continue to provide innovative and engaging library programs and services to their school communities.  I also want to keep working closely with teachers and administrators to integrate library resources and services into the curriculum, and to ensure that every student has access to the tools they need to succeed.

Overall, winning this award has given me a renewed sense of purpose.  Thank you, MASL!

As a school librarian, I absolutely love my job. It's an incredibly fulfilling and meaningful role that allows me to make a real difference in the lives of my students and the school community. There are so many aspects of my job that I find awesome.

First and foremost, I'm passionate about promoting literacy and lifelong learning. I believe that reading and learning are essential for personal growth and development, and I'm dedicated to helping my students discover the joy and value of books and other resources. It's incredibly rewarding to see students develop their reading skills and explore new topics and ideas.

In addition to promoting literacy, I also love the opportunity to help students develop critical thinking skills. In today's world, there's so much information available, and it's essential for students to learn how to evaluate sources and think analytically. By providing access to reliable information and teaching critical thinking skills, I feel like I'm helping students become better informed, more thoughtful, and more engaged citizens.

Another aspect of my job that I love is the sense of community that I can help create in the school. The library is often a place where students, teachers, and staff can come together to collaborate, share ideas, and support one another. By fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, I hope to help create a sense of community that enriches the entire school experience. 

Technology is another area where I find my job awesome. As a school librarian, I have the opportunity to embrace the latest tools and resources and help students develop the skills they need to succeed in a digital world. Whether it's teaching coding, providing access to online resources, or helping students create multimedia projects, I'm excited about the ways that technology can enhance learning and creativity.

Finally, the most rewarding aspect of my job is knowing that I'm making a positive difference in the lives of my students. From helping struggling readers to supporting student projects that make a real-world impact, I know that my work has the potential to shape students' lives in profound ways.  I could not have won this award without the support of my students and colleagues.  It's an incredible feeling, and it's what motivates me to be the best librarian I can be.


About the Award
As the recipient of the award, Dr. Massey received a Maryland themed basket donated by Lauri and David Taylor of Taylor Book Group, access to three Rosen Digital Databases, a plaque from MASL, and complimentary registration to MASL’s 2024 Conference provided by MASL.

To be considered for this award, nominees met the basic eligibility requirements, including being a current member of MASL, a Certified School Librarian, actively serving as a school librarian in a public, private, or independent school in Maryland that serves any students in grades PreK-12, and serving in the same role/position for three or more years.