Awards & Scholarships

The Tennessee Association of School Librarians annually sponsors four awards and two scholarships. The Innovative Library Award recognizes an innovative program at the elementary, middle, and high school level and comes with a $500 prize. The Clara Hasbrouck Award is given to a TASL member who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to furthering the cause of school libraries in Tennessee by contributing time, leadership and effort to numerous TASL activities over a period of years. The Administrator's Honor Roll recognizes supervisors, principals, and superintendents who have shown outstanding support for the library media programs in Tennessee. The Teacher Collaboration Award recognizes exemplary classroom teachers who collaborate with the school librarian. The winner of this award will receive $500. In 2004, TASL began the sponsorship of two scholarships for students enrolled enrolled in a school media program at a Tennessee college or university that is approved to certify Library Information Specialists. The one-time grant is $1,000 and is meant to increase the ranks of individuals within the school library profession. To learn more about these awards/scholarships, please click on the appropriate link below.

Please click on the following links to access the applications and instructions:

TASL Presidential Award

This award is given to a program or event in recognition of meritorious support of Tennessee school librarians’ mission to strengthen school library media services, create and sustain life-long readers, and improve information literacy in our state.  Award winners are chosen by the current TASL president and leadership team through the American Association of School Librarians Affiliate Assembly Commendation process.  In addition, recipients of this award will be submitted to AASL Affiliate Assembly for possible national recognition. 

2016 TASL Presidential Award:  Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival

2015 TASL Presidential Award:  Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading

2015 AASL Commendation:  Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading

2016 Awards

 

These people were recognized at the TASL VSBA Awards Banquet on November 4, 2016:

 

Distinguished School Administrators Honor Roll

 

TASL recognized five administrators for the Distinguished School Administrators Honor Roll.  They include:

 

John Bartlett (Bearden High School, in Knoxville, TN)

 

Kay Davenport (Smyrna West - Murfreesboro, TN)

 

Jared Foust (Crockett County High School - Alamo, TN)

 

Anthony Johnson (Clarksville Montgomery County Schools – Clarksville, TN)

 

Tanna Nicely (South Knoxville Elementary School – Knoxville, TN)

 

TASL Scholarship

 

Rhonda Richards – East Tennessee State University

 

Clara Hasbrouck Award

 

This year’s winner is Beth Frerking.  Beth is the librarian at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, TN.

 

Innovative Library Award

 

Melissa Laws at Baileyton Elementary School in Greeneville, TN is the winner of the elementary division for her “Open Doors for Summer Dragons” program.

Kari Edgens at East Nashville Magnet Middle School is the winner of the middle school division for her “Reading Bingo” program.

Erin Alvarado at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, TN is the winner for the high school division for her “National School Library Month Celebration” event.

 

Teacher Collaboration Award

 

Zakeisha Smith is the winner of the teacher collaboration award.  Zakeisha is a classroom teacher from Amqui Elementary School in Nashville, TN.  Lakeisha Brinson nominated her for their collaboration project, “From Reading to Robots.”

 

 

2015 Awards

These people were recognized at the TASL VSBA Awards Banquet on September 25, 2015:

Distinguished School Administrators Honor Roll

The valedictorian of the Administrator's Honor Roll honored at the TASL VSBA Awards Banquet is Becky Coleman. Coleman was nominated by Debbie Condry, Cristol Kapp, Ginger Kirchmyer, and Sara Seay.

TASL Scholarship

  • Erika Long - University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Jocelyn Smith - East Tennessee State University

Clara Hasbrouck Award

This year’s winner is Dr. Judy Bivens.  Dr Bivens is the Accreditation Co-Director and MLIS Program Coordinator at Trevecca-Nazarene University.

Innovative Library Award

Teresa Barnhill at Westwood Elementary School in Fairview is the winner of the elementary division for her “VSBA Secret Agent Readers” project.

Kat Hall at Norris Middle School in Norris is the winner of the middle school division for her “Summer Library Outreach” program.

Barbara Collie and Liz Hicks at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna are the winners of the high school division for their “Celebration of Teen Read Week.”