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Are you innovative and connected to teachers? Of course you are! Don’t be shy. You deserve some recognition. Take the time now to apply for the new ISTE SIGMS Award sponsored by Linworth Publishing and Follett Software.  I’m passing along most of their press release below because it is essential to get the word out to more people. Feel free to contact Paula Farley Jackson to obtain a beautiful copy for distribution.

You don’t need to apply for this award to make yourself feel good. You need to be recognized so that other people outside your library realize you are one of many outstanding school librarians in our country who connect information to classrooms. You are actually doing a service for your profession in garnering awards and recognition. Come on, go for it! Go stand as an example of excellence for all of us. You deserve it!

Innovators Who Connect the Library and Classroom to be Honored: Call for Entries

Columbus, OH, January 24, 2008 – Entries are being accepted now for the first annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Special Interest Group (SIG) Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Linworth Publishing, Inc./Library Media Connection and Follett Software Company. The award will be presented to two teams consisting of a school librarian and collaborating teacher who have conducted an exemplary technology program extending beyond the library to meet the needs of classroom students and teachers.


The purpose of the ISTE SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award is to identify, promote, and sustain excellence in collaborative and innovative technology-based projects driven by the school library media center in support of curricular and instructional needs in elementary and secondary schools. Apply online at All entries must be received by 3/15/2008.


“We intend to use this award to identify and then disseminate information about best collaborative practices in education today,” said Peggy Milam Creighton, Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for Media Specialists (SIGMS).


“School library professional membership involvement in ISTE is growing. The opportunity to work with these innovative educators, and to publicize their effective technology projects fits within the mission of Library Media Connection magazine and our book publishing activity,” commented Publisher Marlene Woo-Lun.


Awardees will be notified in April and awards will be presented at ISTE’s 2008 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) being held in San Antonio, June 29 through July 2. In addition, winners will receive:

  • A one-year membership to ISTE (2 per team)
  • Be featured in an article by Library Media Connection and Learning & Leading with Technology magazines
  • $1,000 cash award payable to the school media center (1 per team)
  • $500 NECC travel stipend, if attending NECC, for each team
  • NECC registration for each team member, if attending NECC
  • $1000 professional library from Linworth Publishing (1 per team)
  • A one-year subscription to Library Media Connection magazine (1 per person)
  • A plaque (one per team)
  • Promotional opportunities 

Applications will be judged by a panel of educators selected from the ISTE SIGMS plus a Linworth Publishing/LMC editor.


About Linworth Publishing

Linworth Publishing, Inc. offers a powerful combination of practical information and professional development focused on building strong connections among school library media and technology professionals, classroom teachers, and curriculum leaders. Linworth Publishing’s portfolio includes Library Media Connection magazine, Linworth Books, Linworth Learning, and Linworth @ The Forefront: Webinars and More for Your Professional Learning Community.


The company can be reached at 3650 Olentangy River Road, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43214; Telephone 614-884-9995; on the Web at


About Follett Software Company

Follett Software Company – – is the partner that over half of America’s school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources and school assets to information for data-driven decision-making. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use information and resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every student.


About ISTE and SIG Media Specialist


The International Society for Technology in Education is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education. One of 12 ISTE special interest groups, SIGMS provides a support network to school library media specialists and others in leadership positions who are working to promote the use of instructional technologies to enhance student learning. It provides a forum where we can consider and explore ways in which we can best use existing and emerging technologies to improve and enhance teaching and instruction, student learning and management, helping students and teachers become competent, critical and ethical users of information.

To learn more about ISTE and ISTE SIG Media Specialist, visit

For additional information contact:

Paula Farley Jackson, Associate Publisher

Linworth Publishing, Inc.

(614) 884-9995 or (610) 359-8512

Terra Sieberman

ISTE – Awards and Recognition



  1. Peggy Milam Creighton says:

    This is the first award the ISTE Special Interest Group for Media Specialists has been able to offer. We are so pleased to be able to recognize outstanding practioners in the field, and to partner with Linworth Publishing and Follett to present this award. We look forward to announcing the big winners at the NECC conference in San Antonio June 29-July 2. Apply today!

  2. Terra Sieberman/ISTE says:

    All of us at ISTE are so excited to bring this award into our suite of awards and to be collaborating with Linworth and Follett. Why not be the first to receive this prestigious award and pave the pathway for others to follow? Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance or information. Terra Sieberman 541.434.8906. Looking forward to receiving your application soon. You do not need to be an ISTE member to apply.

  3. Follett Software says:

    We have had such terrible service at Follett software, I would never recommend it.

  4. Diane Chen says:

    I don’t know who posted the last comment, but I trust it is not from Follett Software. I did not delete it simply because I embrace free speech. What I denounce is hiding one’s identity behind the company that one is trashing. Experiences with a company are one thing. This was about the award.