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Award to a Texas School Administrator to Acknowledge Outstanding Work


Geographic Focus

USA: Texas

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Distinguished Library Service Award - School Administrators

Texas Library Association (TLA)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #178458

Grant Description

Award to a Texas school superintendent, principal, or assistant principal to acknowledge his or her outstanding contribution to library-related services. Nominees should demonstrate how they have advanced various literary programs for both students and professionals. Additionally, nominees should demonstrate how they have advocated for the integration of technology, as well as participation in state and national technology initiatives in the library, school, or district.

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria: 

  1. How the nominee has been instrumental in staffing the library proportionate to student population throughout the entire instructional day for professional and clerical staffing needs.
  2. How the nominee has been instrumental in funding the local library budget, promoting bond issues, or seeking special funding to support the library.
  3. How the nominee establishes a campus or district culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates an understanding of the library as an integral part of the learning process.
  4. How the nominee promotes varied reading projects and reading at both professional and student levels.
  5. How the activities of the nominee have facilitated the long-range planning for facility improvement of the library and the use and integration of technology, telecommunications, and information systems.
  6. How the nominee supports library policies, innovation in library programming, and/or professional collaboration.
  7. How the nominee supports participation in institutes, workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service training, continuing education, interactive distance learning, video conferencing, and state and national library-related conferences.
  8. How the nominee advocates for the integration of technology, as well as participation in state and national technology initiatives in the library, school, or district.
  9. How the nominee assisted in the development and implementation of a comprehensive program of parent and community relations that relate to the library.

Each nominee will be judged on these 9 criteria with a score of 0-5 assigned to each item. The nominee with the highest overall score will be selected as the award recipient.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School administrators in Texas may be nominated.

1. State, county or district school superintendents, building principals, and assistant principals currently in administrative office, directly responsible for a school or group of schools at any level, who is not working in a library services department are eligible for nomination.
2. District administrators responsible for broad instructional leadership such as assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and instruction and directors of elementary and/or secondary education are also eligible provided they are not working in a library services department.
3. Nominations must be made by a personal member of TASL.


Previous TASL Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators recipients should not be nominated again.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2023.

The winner and nominating librarian(s) will be contacted by late February, early March so that they may make arrangements to attend the Texas Library Association 2023 Annual Conference in Austin, April 19-22.

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If you have any questions, please contact D’Anne Mosby at

Texas Library Association
3420 Executive Center Drive, Suite 301
Austin, Texas 78731
P: 512-328-1518
F: 512-328-8852

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