Two McDaniel College graduates, Kimberly Johnson and Maria O’Toole, are among the five finalists recently announced for Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year. The winner will be announced May 5 during MASL’s Leadership Lunch at its Common Ground Conference.
Professor of Library Science Mona Kerby couldn’t be prouder — 10 of the 25 nominees for Maryland School Librarian of the Year announced February 6 are graduates of McDaniel’s School Librarianship master’s program.
“The fact that 40 percent of the nominees come from McDaniel College indicates that our graduates are making a powerful difference in the lives of Maryland school children,” says Kerby, who is the L. Stanley Bowlesbey Chair in Education and Graduate and Professional Studies and coordinator of the graduate School Library Media program.
The program has been carefully crafted to meet and to exceed American Association of School Librarians standards.
“Our assignments are authentic, relevant, and practical,” Kerby says. “We believe in the power of reading, access to information, and developing life-long learners. We believe that school librarians have the power to change young students’ lives for the better.”
The 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. Nominees must exemplify the five roles of a library media specialist: administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner.