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Librarian of the Year

Honoring extraordinary leadership and service within the library community.

The Texas Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award is given to a librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the library community over the past 12 – 18 months. Librarians at any stage in their careers, from all library types, are eligible for this award.

Congratulations to the 2022 Librarian of the Year, Karina Quilantán-Garza, Library Media Specialist at Jaime Escalante Middle School in Pharr-San Juan- Alamo ISD.

During the early months of the pandemic, Karina – a longtime digital expert whose buoyant creativity is matched by her strong technical skills – launched into action to help her middle school students. Through the use of educational apps, websites, gaming, ambassadorships, badging, and other tools she was able to take her library 100 percent digital very quickly, to benefit her students as they learned at home.

 

Any TLA member may nominate a deserving librarian for consideration. Nominees must be TLA members. Nominations open September 15 and close January 31. You can find the nomination form here.

Once the nomination is submitted, you will receive a password that allows you to add to, or edit your nomination materials. You will also receive a separate password to provide to people submitting any letters of reference.

Contact Christy Reynolds at TLA if you have any questions or need assistance.

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FAQs

Are reference letters required?

Up to five letters will be accepted from those closely associated with the individual or project (i.e. supervisors, administrators, colleagues, library users, mayor, council members, board members, etc.).

What other supporting documentation should be supplied?

Materials that best represent the nominated individual or project such as: resumes; photos, videos or news articles; promotional materials; published articles; professional honors, etc.

What are the preferred file formats for documentation?

For digital materials, JPG and PDF formats are preferred. Compiling all of the supporting information into one, single PDF is ideal.

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