The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) provides connections for creating and advancing effective school library programs through professional development, advocacy, and community-building.

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Awards & Scholarships

MASL has a long and proud history of supporting members who are pursuing professional development opportunities as well as celebrating support staff, administrators and library media specialists as well as exemplary school library programs. Follow the links below to get more information about MASL's Scholarship and Award programs.


One of MASL's goals is supporting opportunities for school library media staff at all levels to obtain advanced training, continued education and professional growth.  To that end, MASL has been providing scholarships and grants to individuals pursuing degrees, taking courses, and participating in workshops or conferences. For more information click here.


MASL knows the value of great individuals in providing library services that excel.  With that in mind, MASL offers three awards to recognize people who impact school libraries.

Walter J. Taranko School Librarian Award

MASL Library Support Staff Award

MASL Administrator Award

Walter J. Taranko School Librarian Award

The Walter J Taranko Award (WJT Award) is given in recognition of excellence in school library work within the State of Maine.  It is awarded annually to a school librarian (071 certified) who embodies his traits: collaboration, advocacy, outreach, and mentoring.  Walter valued the benefits of membership in professional organizations and was a strong supporter of MASL and MEMA before it. The presentation includes a plaque and cash award to the school library of the winner.

Walter J. Taranko Nomination Form

 MASL Library Support Staff Award

Instituted in 2013 to highlight the often unsung work of support staffers in Maine's school libraries, the MASL Library Support Staff of the Year Award is intended to honor Educational Technicians who have made a significant contribution to their local school library media program  and/or demonstrated commitment to those efforts at the state level. The presentation includes a plaque and a cash award to the school library of the winner.

Support Staff Award Nomination Form

 MASL Administrator Award

Like MASL's other awards, the Administrator Award was instituted to recognize excellence and support for improved school library programs in Maine schools. Specifically this award recognizes the contributions of school administrators toward that goal and seeks to encourage other administrators to acknowledge the vital nature of school library programs and staff to the improvement of student learning for all students.  The presentation includes a plaque and a cash award to the school library of the winner.

Administrator Nomination Form

Award Nominations due February 15th

NEW MASL Mailing Address:

Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL)

c/o Maine State Library

64 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0064

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