CHICAGO, July 1, 2013 – Unique school library programs are often the heartbeat of innovation and student engagement. Two visionary school librarians and three innovative school library programs will be honored here today at the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Awards Luncheon. The awards ceremony will take place during the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
The AASL's 2013 National School Library Program of the Year Award as well as the Information Technology Pathfinder Award are both sponsored by Follett, the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States.
The recipients of the National School Library Program of the Year Award, presented annually to the schools that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment, each will receive $10,000 toward its school library program and a crystal statue. The 2013 winners are:
- Swan Valley High School; Swan Valley School District; Saginaw, Mich. The same school also was named one of the six winners in the inaugural Follett Challenge in 2011, which honored the most innovative K-12 school libraries in the country. Kay Wejrowski is the school's library media specialist.
- Pennsylvania Avenue School; Atlantic City School District; Atlantic City, N.J. Jennifer Jamison is the school's library media specialist.
- New Augusta South Elementary School; Metropolitan School District of Pike Township; Indianapolis, Ind. Lauren Kniola is the school's library media specialist.
The recipients of the Information Technology Pathfinder Award, presented annually to one elementary and one secondary school librarian who both have demonstrated vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners, each will receive a $1,500 award. The 2013 winners are:
- Joseph Landor, library information specialist, Germanshire Elementary School, Memphis, Tenn. As a first-year school librarian, Landor took the initiative to revitalize Germanshire's school library program and turn it into a hub for teaching and learning. Not only has he helped increase student achievement but also dramatically improved the perception and use of the school's library program.
- Judy Russell, district teacher-librarian, Saydel Community School District in Des Moines, Iowa. At Russell's district, each of the 500 students in grades 7-12 is issued a laptop and the library provides all Internet-based resources for 24/7 access. Her library is an example of the transformation that can happen as part of a 1:1 computing initiative.
"I congratulate the librarians and the school districts, and the learning communities they serve, on their commitment to develop and maintain an exemplary program that is a true embodiment of the AASL learning standards and program guidelines," said Susan Ballard, AASL president. "As exemplars of best practice they help us to focus attention on the value and importance of effective school library programs in promoting student achievement. I also wish to thank Follett for its ongoing support of this award, and its unwavering belief that quality school libraries make a difference."
Follett has a rich history in the school library space, and supports library programs through events similar to the AASL awards.
"Today, the school library is so much more than a static set of resources and a quiet place to study," said Tom Schenck, president and COO, Follett School Solutions. "With innovation and planning, the library can be the vortex of creativity, collaboration and learning. Follett remains deeply committed to recognizing the forward thinkers in the library."
Reaching more than 35 million students, in 147 countries, Follett is committed to being a long-term partner that helps educators focus on student achievement. For more information on Follett, visit www.Follettlearning.com.
About Follett's K-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.