AASL Awards & Grants
National School Library Program of the Year
January 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. CST
Welcome to the online awards submission form for the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award, sponsored by Follett Library Resources.
The NSLPY Award, guided by AASL's Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.
The applicants for the NSLPY Award should address the criteria outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs (2009). The first section establishes the foundational elements for school library programs and serves as the basis for what is outlined under Sections I-V. Each item should be addressed in the application with supporting evidence using the rubric as a guide. (The references in parentheses within the application are from Empowering Learners.)
Download the NSLPY criteria
Download the rubric for this award.
- School district is defined as any autonomous school administrative unit: city, town, county, consolidated school district, or single school that exists as a single school district, public or non-public, of any grade combination.
- School districts and single schools within a district—public as well as non-public, from kindergarten through twelfth grade—are eligible to apply.
- Applications will be judged according to the category (Single School or School District) checked in the application.
- Entrants must submit their applications in the database provided by the American Association of School Librarians. Special consideration will be given by contacting AASL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The application must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement signed by the superintendent or equivalent officer of the school district (including those submitted by single schools within districts).
- An Awards Committee appointed by the American Association of School Librarians will screen all applications. Three national winners may be recommended. The Committee is not obligated to recommend three national winners.
- Verification of any materials submitted by entrants may be requested by the AASL Committee.
- When uploading material, please use a standard type face no smaller than 10 point size, double-spaced, and include only materials requested in the application form. Additional, unsolicited materials will be removed before the application is forwarded to the Committee.
- This online submission process allows you to save your application to edit later (prior to the deadline) or submit it for final consideration (if you are completely satisfied with your application and do not need to add to or revise it further). Please be sure that all sections of the application are completely filled out before submitting. Unfinished applications will be disqualified.
- Applications must be finished by January 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. CST.
- The person submitting the application must be a current Personal Member of AASL.
- You may be asked to present at an ALA/AASL Conference, if chosen as a winner.
- Cash awards of $10,000 will be made to each of the winners.
About the online application process
This online application process allows you to save your application to edit later (prior to the deadline) or submit it for final consideration (if you are completely satisfied with your application and do not need to add to or revise it further).
Your application will be stored in a database which will be used by the AASL Awards Committee to review.
Please contact AASL at email@example.com if you have any questions.
To begin the program submission process, click the “Start” button below.