An annual award to recognise and encourage outstanding support of a school library and the school library staff.

Award winners

2017: Lee MacMaster, St Andrew’s Catholic College
2016: Paula Goodwin, Our Lady’s College, Annerley
2015: Judy Thompson, West End State School
2014: Mark Blackshaw, Helensvale State High School
2013: Alan Jones, Marsden State High School


  • The school library must have a teacher- librarian

Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Promotion and support of the library’s integral role in the school community
  • Inclusion of the teacher-librarian in a school leadership role
  • Support of funding and resource allocations to enable the school library to play an integral role in the teaching and learning of the school
  • Exemplary and innovative support for the school library, the library staff and collaborative school library programmes

Nature of the award

The recipient will receive an individual certificate.

Process and conditions of acceptance

  • The award is announced annually
  • QSLA members will receive a call for nominations advice by email and be advised of the closing date
  • The successful recipient will be advised prior to the announcement to enable adequate notice to attend the venue where the award will be announced
  • The winning nomination will be the basis for an article in the QSLA newsletter and the recipient will be invited to present a session at the next biennial conference.

At the discretion of the judging panel an unsuccessful shortlisted nominee may be considered for a commendation award

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, teacher-librarians, teachers or other members of the school/educational community.