CHICAGO — Michael Giller, director of library services at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina, is the recipient of the 2022 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award Award, with a collaboration partner, David Gerhard, head of the visual arts department and professor of graphic design. Sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs, the $2,500 award recognizes the collaboration of school librarians and teachers in developing and implementing a curriculum support program using school library resources.
“Students love knowing their rights and standing up for themselves, especially when they see so many of their favorite books challenged or banned,” Giller wrote. Students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities were given three weeks to complete a poster design. At the end of the project, student posters were displayed in the library in celebration of School Library Banned Books Week.
“The committee was impressed with such a timely and creative project, and the use of intellectual freedom resources through the library to make the research process more relevant,” said committee chair Stacy Brown. . “The back-and-forth nature of this collaboration has highlighted the value of both departments and is easily replicable at other schools. The high level of student engagement in presenting, responding to feedback, and delivering of feedback to others, as well as being able to see, in a very concrete way, how their own rights are affected, is commendable.”
“Intellectual freedom is the right of every learner and following such an engaging process for learners to consider their audience when developing their final product touches so many AASL National Standards,” said AASL President, Jennifer Lucas. “The level of engagement, with technology, with each other, with the school librarian and the teacher, demonstrates the profound impact that collaborative projects can have within a school. Congratulations on a wonderful project.
AASL award winners will be recognized at the 2023 AASL National Conference to be held October 19-21 in Tampa, Florida.
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