Maryland Flag with banner that reads Maryland School Librarian of the Year

Ocean Pines, MD, October 15, 2022  - Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for 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 will be announced at the Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference in Linthicum, Maryland (April 15, 2023).

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.

The initial nomination period will open October 17, 2022, and will remain open until 11:59 pm December 5, 2022. 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. During the first week of January 2023, 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, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Application review will take place in February and March of 2023.  Interviews and/or site visits will occur at the discretion of the judging committee and will take place in mid-March.

The recipient of the 2023 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award will receive a prize package from supporting vendors. Finalists will receive plaques and the recipient will receive a trophy. 

Visit https://tinyurl.com/MASLSLOY23 to apply.

The general purpose of MASL is the improvement of teaching and learning in Maryland by bringing together individuals who are engaged in the field of school library media and information studies. MASL achieves the general purpose by working toward developing a lifelong love of reading among students in Maryland, developing skills and promoting excellence in print and nonprint media production among students in Maryland, and promoting and providing for the professional development of its members. In addition,  MASL encourages the dissemination and sharing of ideas, programs and materials among members through conferences, publications, and other media, and encourages the implementation of state and national standards and guidelines for school library media programs.

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