Siddie Joe Johnson Award

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Siddie Joe Johnson Award

The Siddie Joe Johnson Award is presented to a public or school librarian to recognize outstanding achievement in children’s library service.

The SJJ Award was named in honor of Siddie Joe Johnson, who served as Children's Librarian and Coordinator of Children's Services for the Dallas Public Library for twenty-seven years. Ms. Johnson, a published poet and author, was the recipient of awards from the Poetry Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters, as well as from the American Library Association for her work in children's library service.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of outstanding or innovative programs, a sustained high level of performance, leadership ability, involvement in professional organizations, community involvement, and cooperation with parents and other libraries, especially outside their own system.

To quality, applicants must:

  1. Be a Texas librarian
  2. Be a member of the Children’s Round Table
  3. Work with children from preschool to eighth grade, and who has been active within the last twelve months

To apply:
Information requested for nominations is limited to 5 pages, including letters of recommendation received from colleagues and employers as well as supporting data such as examples of work, news articles, publicity for exemplary programs, etc. to establish the merits of the candidate. When you complete the ONLINE FORM, you will be able to upload a doc, docx, or PDF with the compiled support for your nomination. The nomination form is also available as a doc.

The recipient will be honored at a breakfast at TLA's Annual Conference in the spring. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 3, 2017.

For more information about this award, please contact Nancy Jo Lambert at or 817.690.6765.

Created on May 12, 2014 | Last updated October 04, 2017