Each year UELMA recognizes 3 nominated Utah school employees for contributions to their respective school libraries. Nominations are open a few months before the annual March conference and announced at the general meeting.
Librarian of the year
of the year
of the year
|2022||Shelly Hamilton||Sarah Stevenson||Nick Harris|
|2021||Bill Goodrich||Britteny Candelaria||Heather Hardy|
|2020||Amy Jamison||Jessica Smith||James Wilson|
|2019||Erin Heywood||Crystal Hopkins||Carolyn Gough|
|2018||Michelle Asay||Kari Gibson||Tiffany Hall|
|2017||Lori Gilman||Joann Topham||Aaron Hogge|
- Teacher Librarian of the Year (Certified) Applicants must meet state requirements for school library media certification and be currently employed in a media specialist, teacher librarian or equivalent position. They can be working in either a public or private school at a site level.
- Library Paraprofessional of the Year (Non-Certified, Classified) Honors para professionals working in school libraries as assistants, media clerks or similar titles. Nominees are not certified with the state endorsement of Library Media.
- Administrator of the Year (Principal or District Level Supervisor) This award honors administrators with direct responsibility for a school or group of schools who have made influential, unique and sustained contributions to effective school library programs.
Judging and Criteria
A panel comprised of UELMA board members and the conference board members will judge nominees based on the criteria:
- Exemplary service to fulfill the needs of students and school community
- Creativity in programming and use of content
- Collaboration with teacher peers, staff, and administrators
- Effective integration of library services with curricula
- Demonstrated student engagement
- Exemplary use of technology tools
- Outreach to parents, families
- Effective promotion of the library and what it offers