School Library Journal announced the second annual School Librarian of the Year Award in partnership with sponsor Scholastic Library Publishing on August 30. The award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies.
This year’s award recognizes one winner and two finalists from a strong pool of 127 applicants. The winning school librarian, Kristina Holzweiss, receives a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing. The two finalists each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing.
Kristina Holzweiss is the middle school librarian at Bay Shore Middle School (BSMS) in Long Island, NY. From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” and column in School Library Monthly called “Common Core Corner” to her maker space program called SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo), “ she displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.” Read more about her library program and meet the two finalist, Lakisha Brinson and Sally Smollar at SLJ’s blog.