Distinguished Advocate Award


The Iowa Association of School Librarians Distinguished Advocate Award is an award to a friend of teacher librarians who have made significant contributions to exemplary school library programs. 


Purpose: 

  • To honor those persons, who, through individual leadership and sustained effort have made worthy contributions to the concept of effective school library programs. 
  • To recognize the responsible and influential role of friends of teacher librarians in developing successful school library programs. 
  • To stimulate interest in planning, implementing and supporting the school library program which is essential to a meaningful educational system. 


Criteria: 

  • Effective interpretation of teacher librarian role to staff. 
  • Leadership in instituting school library policies and practices which result in improvement of curriculum and classroom instruction. 
  • Sustained effort toward worthy concepts of school or AEA library services. 

Eligibility: 
Any friend of teacher librarians such as school administrators, AEA personnel, public librarians, parents, legislators, etc. that meet the above criteria.




Please click here to nominate a Distinguished Advocate!


Past Recipients:

  • 2012 - Mike O'Leary, Principal of Hills Elementary, Hills, Iowa, Iowa City Community School District
  • 2010 - Jerry Arganbright, Principal of West High, Iowa City
  • 2008 - Jen Sigrist, Curriculum Facilitator of the Waukee School District for her work with Ankeny Schools
  • 2007 - Chris Kolarick, Principal of Lincoln Elementary, Iowa City