School Librarian of the Year

To submit an application, please submit here: School Librarian of the Year Application


  • Applicants must be a current MASL member and a certified Missouri School Librarian currently working in a public or private school library setting with three or more years of service. Supervisors or managers of library programs (including at a district or regional level) are not eligible. 
  • Narrative of up to two pages including information about and the accomplishments of the nominee; information should include but is not limited to:
    • Student demographics
    • Library staffing
    • Description of the library services
    • Size and makeup of the library media center
    • Budget information
    • Description of the community served
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation 
  • Additional items are encouraged but will be considered supplementary (ie. photographs, links etc.).
  • All applicants are highly encouraged to submit their application to School Library Journal.

General Information

  • Each region will be given a rubric to use for the judging process.
  • One winner from each region (11) will go on to be judged for MASL librarian of the year by MASL Scholarships, Grants and Recognition Committee (SGR). 
  • SGR will pick four finalists using a rubric.  Those four finalists will move forward  to the MASL Executive Council (EC) for final judging at their mid-winter meeting. 
  • SGR members and regional directors may apply but must abstain from the judging process. Current MASL Executive Council members are ineligible to receive this award. 
  • MASL School Librarian of the Year Scoring Guide
  • Recipients of the MASL School Librarian of the Year award may only receive this honor once.


  • November 1 – Applications due to regions 
  • December 15 – Regions submit one librarian to SGR for final evaluations
  • January 31 – SGR will submit four finalists to EC
  • February – EC will pick the librarian of the year to be announced at Spring Conference