Joan C. Gallagher Legislator Award
Joan was a dedicated professional and a feisty fighter, with a wry sense of humor. As Past President and Legislative Chair, she demonstrated sincere commitment, dogged determination, and gentle tenacity in raising the status of school libraries across the Commonwealth. She empowered her colleagues with the slogan, "If we all do a little, we can accomplish so much."

MSLA has established this award in remembrance of our friend and colleague, a champion for legislation to ensure that all students have equitable access to school library programs, professional staff and current resources.

DESCRIPTION: Through this annual award, MSLA recognizes the efforts of a legislator in Massachusetts who has, either within that calendar year or in the recent past, publicly demonstrated the value of school libraries by performing legislative duties that have an impact on the profession of school librarianship and education of Massachusetts school children.

CRITERIA / ELIGIBILITY: The legislator recipient of this award demonstrates a commitment to advancing the role of the school library program and its staff in the educational process and works to introduce or support legislation that provides equity and current resources to students across the Commonwealth.

APPLICATION / NOMINATION PROCESS: The MSLA Executive Board, upon the recommendation of the Legislative Committee, will vote to present this award to a deserving legislator. This award may not be presented if there is not a suitable recipient.

AWARD: A plaque

RESPONSIBILITIES: Speak briefly at the MSLA conference or Legislation Day; photo permissions for MSLA publications.

Email any supporting documents within 10 days of completing this nomination to awards@maschoolibraries.org.

DUE DATE: December 2, 2018

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