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walter j. Taranko award

school librarian of the year

The Walter J. Taranko School Librarian Award is intended to honor 071 certified librarians who have made a significant contribution to the school librarian profession on the local and/or state levels. The WJT Award includes an engraved plaque for the recipient and a cash donation given in the name of the recipient to the recipient's school library media program. The WJT is awarded annually at both the recipient's school/district and at a MASL conference or event. 


  1. Hold a current 071 Library Media Specialist endorsement from the State of Maine,
  2. Practicing in the field of librarianship for at least three years
  3. Working as a library media specialist in any capacity in Maine 
  4. Member of MASL for the past three years or more

Procedure for Nomination

Nomination may come from:

  • MASL members
  • Teachers and administrators
  • Maine Department of Education or Maine State Library staff

Deadline for Nominations: February 15th

Email completed nomination form and documentation to: *Please do not mail*

All applications received will be acknowledged by an email confirmation.

Once the nominations deadline has passed, all nominations will be reviewed by the MASL past president. Their unnamed recommendation will be sent to the MASL Board for approval.  After the Board has approved the recommendation, the nominator of the winning candidate will be contacted to arrange presentation of the Award at an appropriate school/district event (this may include surprising the winner if appropriate).  The MASL Board will also honor the winner at an appropriate MASL event after the initial presentation in his or her school district.

Although the award is presented annually and the major emphasis is for contributions made during the previous school year, earlier and continuing activities should be included in the recommendations and will be considered in the adjudicating process.

MASL also reserves the right to forgo presenting the WJT Award in years when there are no candidates or when the MASL Board determines that no candidate submission meets the requirements of the WJT Award.

Nomination Form




Maine Association of School Libraries

c/o Maine State Library

64 State Street

Augusta, ME


"MASL" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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