MD Sloy Application


The Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award – 2020

Honoring a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media.


  • Current member of MASL
  • MSDE 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
  • Serving in the same role/position for 3+ years

The nominee:

  • exemplifies the five roles (program administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner) of a library media specialist as set forth by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
  • administers a library program that strives to meet the needs of all learners through the implementation of the AASL School Library Standards (2018) and the Maryland School Library Standards for students, librarians, and school libraries
  • demonstrates a knowledge of and implements educational technologies into his/her library media and school curriculum
  • displays best practices around the AASL Standards and key commitments both within the school building and to the outside community
  • recognizes the need for and promotes life-long learning for students and community
  • is recognized by colleagues, students, and the greater school community as an inspiration and asset to the academic endeavors of the institution
  • maintains an ongoing collaborative partnership with teachers, community, and/or student groups
  • demonstrates leadership in advancing the access to print, digital and technological resources to empower today’s learners
  • promotes a love of reading through reading program initiatives
  • promotes diversity and inclusion of all community members to feel welcome in the school library through programming, collection development, and physical space

All nominees who sufficiently meet the award criteria will receive a certificate of achievement. The award committee may elect to conduct site visits and/or virtual interviews with a small group of finalists. The chosen Maryland School Librarian of the Year will receive free registration to MASL 2020 and Common Ground 2021, and more (complete sponsorship list will be available soon)! The recipient is asked to be the closing keynote speaker at the 2020 MASL Conference, and is expected to attend and present at the 2021 Common Ground Conference.

Nomination Process:

Applicants can self-nominate. Nominations may also come from supporters (principals, supervisors, colleagues, etc.), as long as the school librarian is made aware of the nomination and is willing to fulfill the expectations if selected. The initial nomination period will open October 18, 2019, and will remain open until 11:59 pm December 13, 2019. After the initial screening, applicants who are chosen to continue will receive an email with instructions for completing the second part of the application. The second part of the application should be completed by February 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Application review will take place in February and March of 2020. Site visits and interviews will occur at the discretion of the judging committee and will take place in early April. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Common Ground Conference (date TBD).

Application for Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award

Application Part 1:

Nominee and Nominator Information:

Name, school, address, principal, nominator, and email addresses


As a school librarian, the nominee is a central figure in the school. Please write a one-page (500 word) essay on why the nominee deserves this honor. The prompt will be provided on the application. In addition, refer to the bullet points above.

Application Part 1 is available here

Application Part 2:

(This piece of the application will be completed after review of screening applications. Nominees will be notified no later than January 5, 2020 to begin part 2 of the process)


The nominee will submit a video of no more than 3 minutes in length showcasing how the nominee meets the criteria of being a program administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner. Please refer to the bulleted list above and incorporate the AASL standards. The video should be published on YouTube as an unlisted video so that judges may view, but it is not public to all. Please include the link to the YouTube video in your nomination packet.


The nominee will provide a 150 word (or less) biography highlighting awards, honors, education, and other pertinent information appropriate for a press release.


Please include up to 5 artifacts that are representative of the nominees skills and accomplishments. These artifacts can include pictures, testimonials, written artifacts, copies of presentations, web pages, publications, and other items as needed. Please be sure to provide an explanation for each artifact. One artifact should be a current resume/CV.

Nominees will be provided with a link to a Google folder to upload video and artifacts for review.


Interviews will be scheduled individually with the finalists at the end of the Application Part 2 timeline.

Part 1 Nominations will be accepted October 18, 2019, through 11:59 pm December 13, 2019.

Questions should be directed to Jennifer Sturge, MASL Awards Chairperson at:
[email protected]

Thanks to the sponsors of the Maryland School Librarian of the Year Program!