Awards

CSLA Awards Program

California School Library Association selects winners of several different awards each year. Some awards are given to more than one recipient. The association also offers grants and scholarships. Some are sponsored by outside organizations.

To apply for an award, grant or scholarship please follow these steps:

  1. Explore all the options and determine which award/scholarships you qualify for.
  2. Fill out the appropriate form(s), which are linked below.
  3. Submit supplementary materials, if required

Deadline: The deadline for all state level awards, grants, and scholarships is October 15, 2017.

Presentation: They will be presented at the Annual Conference on February 2, 2018, and recipients will be expected to attend.

Additional requirements: Some of the awards, grants, and scholarships require the recipient to become an active member of a committee. You can find a list of the committees here. Some of the awards, grants, and scholarships require additional materials. You can send them to info@csla.net.

Past award winners

CSLA Awards

Administrative Leadership Award

This award honors administrators with direct responsibility for a school or group of schools who have made influential, unique and sustained contributions to effective school library programs.

Advocate for School Libraries Award

This award honors a person or group (not currently employed in the school library) who has advocated for school libraries within the past year.

Good Ideas!

This award recognizes and publicizes effective, collaboratively planned and implemented library units of instruction.

Honorary Membership Award

This award recognizes retired members of CSLA who have made outstanding contributions to school library programs and the Association over a sustained period of time.

I Love My Paraprofessional Award

This award recognizes a person who has made a positive impact for at least three years in a school library in a classified position.

Presidents’ Award

This award honors a credentialed teacher librarian who, through the library program, directly affects students and teachers. The $400 award is funded by DEMCO, Inc. The award money may be applied to conference registration fees. transportation, and lodging.

Mackin

Technology Award

This award honors a teacher librarian who uses technology as a tool for learning and collaborates to promote the integration of technology in the curriculum. This award is sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources and includes $1,000 for use in the winner’s library.

CSLA Grants

Demco/Betty Barkema School Library Improvement Grant 

This grant provides library furniture, supplies, and materials necessary to create a stimulating learning environment. The amount of the grant is $5,000 in products from Demco, Inc., the grant sponsor.

Earlene Billing First-Timer Grant

This grant awards $350 for a teacher librarian to attend the CSLA Conference for the first time. The grant money may be applied to conference registration fees. transportation, and lodging.

CSLA Scholarships

Leadership for Diversity Teacher Librarian Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes the need for teacher librarians who reflect the diversity of California’s multicultural, multilingual population. Applicants must be from a traditionally underrepresented group and be enrolled in an accredited teacher librarian credential program. One scholarship of $1,500 will be given.

Leadership for Diversity Paraprofessional Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes the need for school library paraprofessionals who reflect the diversity of California’s multicultural, multilingual population. Applicants must be from a traditionally underrepresented group and be enrolled in a community college program for school library technical service certification. One scholarship of $1,000 will be given.

Northern Region Scholarships

Information forthcoming

Southern Region Scholarships

Information forthcoming