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Siddie Joe Johnson Award

Honoring a outstanding achievement in children's library service.

Congratulations to Kristen Fournier, librarian at Forest North Elementary in Round Rock ISD, recipient of the 2021 Siddie Jo Johnson Award!

Kristen Fournier, Librarian, Round Rock ISD
2021 Siddie Jo Johnson Award Recipient

The Siddie Joe Johnson Award (SJJ) 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, the Texas Institute of Letters, and 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 qualify for the SJJ award, a nominee must:

  • Be a Texas librarian holding a master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science. School librarians must also hold a School Librarian Certificate to be considered for this award.
  • Be a member of the Children’s Round Table.
  • Work directly with children from preschool to eighth grade within the last 12 months.
  • Have a minimum of 7 years experience working in Texas libraries.
  • Be nominated by a peer or colleague (not accepting self-nominations).

Applications will remain active for two years provided the nominee remains eligible based on the above criteria.

To nominate a colleague for the 2021 Siddie Joe Johnson Award:

Complete the online form: https://forms.gle/sxRFqN4kZdWrVZv97

Information requested for nominations is limited to 5 pages, including letters of recommendation received from their 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 you are nominating.  Send recommendations and supporting documents all in one email to Melanie Scales (melscales@att.net) with the subject: “SJJ Award/name of person being nominated.”

The recipient will be honored at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Celebration during TLA’s Annual Conference.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, February 28, 2021.

For more information, please contact Melanie Scales at melscales@att.net

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