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The Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators recognizes administrators for their continued support of library services.

To nominate your administrator, review the criteria, print or download the APPLICATION FORM and submit by January 25. 

CRITERIA for the Award 

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.

  1. Describe 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. Describe how the nominee has been instrumental in funding the local library budget, promoting bond issues, or seeking special funding to support the library.
  3. Describe 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. Describe how the nominee promotes varied reading projects and reading at both professional and student levels.
  5. Describe activities of the nominee that facilitated the long range planning for facility improvement of the library and the use and integration of technology, telecommunications, and information systems.
  6. Describe how the nominee supports library policies, innovation in library programming, and/or professional collaboration.
  7. Describe how the nominee supports participation in institutes, workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service, interactive distance learning, video conferencing, and state and national library related conferences.
  8. Describe 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. Describe how the nominee assisted in the development and implementation of a comprehensive program of parent and community relations that relate to the library.


TASL sponsors an award for web media pertaining to school librarianship. The MVP (Media/Virtual Presence) Award is given to those school librarians who show excellence in their virtual presence through several different avenues, including but not limited to Twitter, professional websites, Facebook, school library websites, blogs, Pinterest, and other social media. Winners for this award will be selected by a panel of judges, including TLA officers and TASL officers and/or committee members. NOMINATIONS for the 2014 TASL MVP Award are accepted online between December 1st and December 21. The award will be presented at TLA 2014 during the TASL general business meeting and program session.

  1. Relevance: The web media pertains to K-12 libraries and includes relevant and currently updated information on books, programs, library updates, and library-related information that impacts school libraries and librarians
  2. Timeliness: updated and current. Web media must have consistent and regular postings during the preceding year and current year. The postings should be a regular part of the librarian’s job and/or library activities.
  3. Social Interaction: Web media are directly responsive to library patrons, campus staff, and librarians. Places to post comments and responses to comments are clear and encourage feedback (if part of the website)
  4. Blog Components: Different links, widgets, and/or media are displayed on the library web media to evoke a feeling of interactive participation as well as timely information located on the Web that feeds directly into the library
  5. Appearance: Web media is accessible and can be easily searched. Images and tags are placed to help users find information readily. It is pleasing in appearance and the effort put into the appearance should be obvious. The writing is fluent, easy to read, free of typographical errors, and grammatically correct. Copyright information/links are used and all links are active.
  6. Content: Wed media nominated may focus on varied audiences and content, including but not limited to: professional learning communities, reading, technology, programming, literacy, and personal viewpoints related to libraries.
  7. Configuration: Any professional web media, including Twitter, Library websites, general websites pertaining to our profession, blogs, Pinterest, Facebook and other online sites specific to school librarianship will be considered.

CATEGORIES: There will be an award for best MVP (Media/Virtual Presence) as well as two honorary awards for excellence.

Announce your nomination by displaying this badge (png) on your webpage. Badge: Nominated for the TASL MVP Award

Library Information School Student Scholarships encourage school librarianship and participation in TLA and TASL.

The Texas Association of School Librarians, a division of the Texas Library Association, wants to encourage persons to become school librarians and also wishes to encourage membership and participation in TLA and TASL. To carry out this objective, TASL annually offers five academic scholarships of $500 each.

Who May Apply
Anyone pursuing graduate-level coursework in school librarianship for initial library certification, for a degree program, or for professional growth.

Use of Scholarship
Funds from the scholarship may be applied to expenses associated with a full semester (either summer or long sessions) of college credit, including, but not limited to, tuition, housing, or travel to course site.

Applications will be evaluated by the following criteria.

  1. Demonstrates commitment to school librarianship. (Example: volunteer work in a library, encouragement of students' library usage, attendance at library workshops, indication from letter of recommendation.)
  2. Demonstrates good written communication skills. (Example: evaluation of application)
  3. Financial situation of applicant will be considered. (Example: number of years in position, family responsibilities, amount of assistance from other sources)
  4. Applicant's chance of continued involvement with TLA and TASL. (Example: career goals, indications from personal statement and/or letters of recommendation)

How To Apply

  • SPRING: Application information available through TLA and TASL web sites and Texas institutions granting school librarianship certification.
  • March 15: Application deadline
  • March: Announcement of scholarship recipients

Scholarship Application
     (as a DOC)

AASL Scholarship and Travel Stipend

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference information is held every other year. TASL provides a travel scholarship to a Texas school librarian to attend this powerful conference focused on school libraries.

To qualify:

  1. Must be the attendees first AASL meeting
  2. Elementary, Middle, or High School librarians (public or private)
  3. Must be members of AASL and TASL at the time of the conference
  4. Must be an active and involved member of TLA and TASL
  5. Have little or no travel funds available from your district

Send the following information to the Scholarship chairman and the TASL chair listed below:

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Work phone number
  • Home phone number
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address
  • Number of years you have been a member of TLA
  • Number of years you have been a member of TASL
  • Number of years you have been a member of AASL
  • Are you currently a member in good standing of both TASL and AASL?
  • Have you ever attended an AASL conference before?
  • Describe your professional involvement in TLA and TASL including awards, scholarships, prizes, honors, committee contributions and offices held.
  • Explain in 100 words or less why you believe attending the AASL meeting will help you in your professional life.
  • References: Provide information on two individuals who have written, or will write, letters of reference. (One must be from your employer/supervisor agreeing to your participation at the conference. Include name, position held, institution name and address, phone number, email.)
  • Please send your application by email to the Scholarship chairman and TASL chair.

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ALA/AASL Emerging Leaders Sponsorship

The Texas Association of School Librarians is providing a scholarship to the Texas school librarian chosen as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. 

If you have already completed an Emerging Leader Application online, please send a copy of your application to the scholarship chairman and the TASL chair listed below. If you are interested in completing an application, please do so as soon as possible and forward a copy of the application to Rebecca Monsevalles (rmonseva@wisd.us) and Naomi Bates (nbates@nisdtx.org). If you have further questions, please contact TASL Chair, Naomi Bates at  nbates@nisdtx.org

ALSC National Institute

This  Laura Edwards Memorial Conference Scholarship Stipend is awarded annually as a joint venture by the Children's Round Table and the Texas Association of School Librarians. Stipends of $400 are available for librarians involved in youth service, either in a school or public library in Texas. The objective of the TLA Conference Scholarship Stipend is to encourage membership and participation in the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), Children's Round Table (CRT) and the Texas Library Association (TLA). Recipients will gain insight into the organization and work of these groups through attendance at committee meetings and participation in the annual TLA conference.

Access the application here:

Laura Edwards Memorial Scholarship Application (Word document)

Laura Edwards Memorial Scholarship Application (PDF)

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Devin Zimmerman Memorial Stipend--APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL February 10, 2012

THe TLA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is offering a $400 stipend to a librarian involved in library instruction to attend the 2012 TLA Annual Conference. Eligible applicants must be employed as a professional librarian in a Texas library, must be involved in library instruction activities, and must have no more than two years experience in library instruction. The recipient of the stipend must also agree to apply part of the stipend to membership in TLA, if not already a member, agree to become a member of the Library Instruction Round Table, if not already a member, and agree to attend and be recognized at LIRT's annual business meeting at the TLA conference. The recipient must also submit a report and evaluation of the TLA conference and serve on next year's stipend selection committee.

Application deadline is February 10, 2012. Visit the LIRT Awards page for more details: http://www.txla.org/groups/LIRT-awards-zimmerman



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Created on Aug 31, 2010 | Last updated February 01, 2015