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Follett prizes innovative practice (seriously!)

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You know who you are!

I meet you at state and national conferences.  Your students are achieving.  You are effectively engaging learners and you teach and integrate information fluencies.

You tweet and blog and present about your discoveries and successes.  Your work is replicable.

And you deserve to share virally and to be rewarded for your successful efforts to reach learners as you redefine modern school library practice.

Let the folks at Follett in on your innovations.

At a Midwinter breakfast meeting yesterday, the Follett Corporation formally announced the Follett Challenge.

Recognizing the strong link between library programs and student success, Follett Corporation created the Follett Challenge to find the best innovations in school libraries.  The contest will advocate for the role librarians play as champions of school programs that drive student achievement.

The program will be announced at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and applications will be available February 1, 2011.

In the end, six winning school library programs will be rewarded with the cash-equivalent of products and services from Follett to do even more to enhance student performance.  Follett’s many offerings include books, audiovisual materials and electronic resources from Follett Library Resources; automated library, resource, and learning management solutions from Follett Software; and pre-owned textbooks, workbooks and other supplemental classroom materials from Follett Educational Services.

The Follett Challenge invites the education community to promote the role that school libraries play in encouraging and developing information literacy and student engagement.

Follett is distributing $100,000 in six generous prizes.  At a time we are all trying hard to do more with less, these products and services could make a major difference in the way your library does business.  Five winners will be selected by a committee of judges.  The sixth will be a crowd-sourced decision. Online voters will select the best video.

Here are some details.

Prize distribution:
•Winner #1 : $35,000
•Winner #2 : $20,000
•Winner #3 : $15,000
•Winner #4 : $10,000
•Winner #5 : $10,000
•Winner #6 : $10,000 – “People’s Choice”
Important dates:
•Feb. 1, 2011:  Application available
•June 1, 2011:  Application deadline
•June 23, 2011:  People’s Choice voting begins
•Oct. 27-30, 2011:  Winners announced at the AASL  National Conference in Minneapolis
Challenge Judges
•Sue Adellman, Follett Software Director of Emerging Product Strategies
•Susan Ballard, Director of Library, Media & Technology Services for the Londonderry, NH School District
•Doug Achterman, Teacher Librarian, San Benito High School, CA
•Lucy Hansen, Lead Librarian, Biblioteca Las Americas, Mercedes, Texas
•Keith Schroeder, Library Media Specialist, Bay Port High School, Green Bay, WI
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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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