Bright Idea Award

The deadline for submitting nominations for this award is December 15. To apply, click here: Bright Idea Award Application


  1. Please type the background information in the order given.
  2. Type the application narrative using no more than two pages, single space, one side.
  3. Include all aspects of the school library media project requested in the application narrative. Do not send pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, or handouts unless requested at later date.
  4. Submit background information and application narrative via the MASL website or send to MASL office.  Must be postmarked no later than December 15 via website, fax or postal service.  Any applications received after deadline will not be reviewed.
  5. The Awards Committee may request additional information about the project to determine a winner.

Information Needed

Background Information

List the following information in the order given:

  1. Title of project and a brief statement of its purpose, including target group and expectations.
  2. Name of nominee, title, home and work phone numbers, email address, fax number.
  3. Official name of district, superintendent, school, building principal, school address, and phone number.

Application Narrative

Write a narrative for each section. The application narrative may not be more than two pages, single space, one side.

Section 1 – Project Description and Execution

  1. Specifically describe the project making sure the following are included:
    • Level and number of students affected
    • Duration of project (ongoing, periodic, annual)
    • Method of implementation (materials, techniques, personnel used)
    • Other library and/or community involvement, if applicable
    • Personnel responsible for implementation (LMS, clerk, volunteers, other)
  2. State how this project is innovative and creative or an improvement in comparison with similar library media center projects.
  3. Give specific examples of how this project has made a difference to students and staff members.

Section 2 – Leadership

Describe the library media specialist’s role in the formulation and implementation of this project and in application to its primary audience.

Section 3 – Contribution to the Educational Environment

List the areas of the project that are unique to the school and any aspects that could be utilized by other school media specialists with little or no adaptation.

Past Winners

Click here to view the list of past award winners.