2020 Ellen Berne Pathfinder Award
Celebrates Innovative School Library Programming

Ellen Berne was a pioneer in the field of digital school librarianship during the late 1980s and early 90s. She developed an index to the Internet, one of the first Subject Indexes. Her leadership made a positive difference in the use of the Internet, furthered the importance of library teachers, and enabled students to achieve better results when using the Internet. This Pathfinder Award celebrates groundbreaking developments in School Librarianship that promote student learning and is a fitting memorial to the life and work of Ellen Berne.

CRITERIA / ELIGIBILITY: The nominee must be a Massachusetts school librarian who is state-certified or who has a professional degree as a school librarian and has been a member of MSLA for the past 3 years. The project or program must break new ground in the field of school librarianship and make a positive difference in the school/district's library program and/or affect in a positive way school libraries on a state and national level. A member of MSLA may self-nominate for this award.

* Complete the online nomination form. The nomination may be completed by the school librarian or by another member of the educational community (principal, co-teacher, superintendent). It should give specific details of the innovation, explaining how it enhances the school library program and promotes student learning.
* A letter of support from an administrator must be submitted at the time of application. The committee welcomes pictures/exhibits that would assist in the explanation of the project/program. E-mail all supporting documents by the deadline to awards@maschoolibraries.org.

AWARD: A certificate. The Awards Committee will notify administrators and send press releases to state and local newspapers.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The winner will write an article for the MSLA Forum (coordinated with the MSLA Forum editors); submit a photo for use on the MSLA webpage; develop a bulleted list of project highlights for use in the press release; create a tabletop display for the IdeaLab at the annual conference.

DUE DATE: January 15, 2020
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