Outstanding School Library Media Specialist Award

Application Deadline
September 30

Winner Notification


Previous Winners
  • 2014: Mindy Milavsky (Lawrence Middle School)
  • 2013: Monica Dennler (Eastampton Community School)

The NJASL Outstanding Library Media Specialist Award honors a certified New Jersey school library media specialist who is currently working full time in a public, private or parochial school. Through individual and sustained effort, they have made outstanding contributions to the operation of effective school library media services and to advancing the role of the school library media center in the total educational program. The award will be presented at the Annual NJASL Fall Conference.


  • Must be a current member of NJASL.
  • Must be a certified, practicing full-time media specialist for at least five years and continues to work during the year in which the nomination is made.
  • Must be actively involved in one or more library/media associations on the county, state, or national level.
  • Must show leadership in school by creating library/media policies and procedures that result in improvement of curriculum and classroom instruction in correlation with the New Jersey Core Curriculum.
  • Must effectively interpret the school library/media role in conjunction with the New Jersey Core Curriculum/Common Core Standards to the staff, students, and community using sustained effort and worthy contributions toward school library media service.
  • Must have shown initiation of innovative approaches to problems, i.e. overcoming lack of space; indifference to the media program; getting increased funding for the media program; supporting reading programs and the use of technology.
  • Must have evidence of professional growth and involvement, i.e., listing courses taken, conventions or workshops attended or taught by the nominee.
  • Must provide evidence of advocacy in the school community to maintain and promote the school library program.

Award Criteria


Administrators, teachers, parents, and other library media specialists may submit nominations. To apply, please submit the following information:

  • Completed application.

  • Supporting evidence regarding qualifications for the award (listed on the second page of application).

  • Part of the supporting evidence that should be submitted is a statement by an administrator/library media specialist who can supply accurate information about the applicant’s role in advancing school/library media services in the educational program. 

  • A letter of recommendation from a colleague/administrator familiar with the nominee’s contributions to the media program is required. 

  • Any additional letters of recommendation are optional. 

About the Award

  • The award will be presented at the Annual NJASL Fall Conference.
  • Applications must be submitted by email to
  • The deadline for applications is September 30.

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