May 9, 2017
Kim Johnson, media specialist at South Carroll High School, has been named the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) for her exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media.
Johnson, who earned a master’s in School Library Media in McDaniel’s School Librarianship program in 2012, is empowered by her philosophy of librarianship based on connections. She creates opportunities for meaningful connections between students, faculty, information, and ideas. Through print, technology or shared experiences, these connections form a foundation of continuous learning and authentic exploration, she says.
An exceptional media specialist who has created a welcoming environment in the Carroll County high school’s media center, Johnson established a special café within the media center where as many as 10 students can eat lunch. She is always aware of what students are reading and works to find books they will enjoy. Among her specialties are creative activities with and for students, such as creating planters out of old books and offering hand-lettering classes and crochet lessons.