A biennial award to recognise and encourage collaborations and partnerships involving teacher-librarians, teachers and members of the school community.

Award winners

2016: Margaret Spillman-Mackay West State School, TL Network Mackay, Mackay Regional Council, Mackay RSL & sponsors
2014: No award given
2012: Malanda State High School and Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre
2010: Assisi Catholic College
2008: Stanthorpe State High School
2006: Aquinas College
2004: Kurwongbah State School


  • The teacher-librarian must be a current financial member of QLSA by virtue of personal or school membership
  • The application reflects a partnership over a significant period of time involving the teacher-librarian, classroom teacher/s and/or other members of the school/educational community, and there is evidence of:
    • a collaborative process in the planning of the project
    • a collaborative process in the implementation of the project
    • a positive impact on student learning outcomes, e.g. statements from the principal, teachers, students and parents: qualitative and quantitative evaluation data (evidence may be in oral and/or written form)
  • The project can be seen to have a life beyond the current team members
  • The project has potential for broader impact beyond students and the school community to a wider educational community
  • The project demonstrates excellence in teacher-librarianship for others in the profession by identifying:
    • the teacher-librarian as a curriculum leader through the use of innovative pedagogical ideas, resource-based learning strategies and curriculum knowledge
    • the teacher-librarian as an information specialist through the use and integration of such aspects as information literacy, ICT and literacy understanding.

Nature of the award

Each member of the project team will receive an individual plaque. A separate plaque will be presented to the school identifying the recipients by name and stating the reason for the award.

Process and conditions of acceptance

  • The award is announced biennially, in the state conference year
  • Principals of all schools with a current membership of the association (either school or personal) will receive the application notice or brochure
  • Applications must be received by the last day of the month, two months prior to the date of the QSLA conference 
  • Schools on the shortlist will be advised four weeks before the date of the conference
  • All shortlisted schools should be represented at the conference where the award winning school will be announced
  • The winning school's nomination will be the basis for an article for the QSLA newsletter and the group will be invited to present a session at the next biennial conference.

At the discretion of the judging panel an unsuccessful shortlisted school may be considered for a commendation certificate.

Selection process

The selection of the winner rests solely with the Award Committee. The final selection may be validated by a visit from at least one member of the committee.

The Award Committee will consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five people drawn from the following:

  • principals representing different levels of education
  • a representative from a tertiary institution
  • a representative from Education Queensland, BCEC, QSITE, ASIQ, CBCQ or other related professional association
  • QSLA President (or nominee/delegate from QSLA Executive).

If no application sufficiently meets the criteria to be deemed worthy of the award, the award may be held in abeyance or the committee may reopen the application process.


Nominations may be made by peers, administrators, teachers or other members of the school/educational community.