Tony Townsend, Locust Grove
 High School
Distinguished School Administrator

Tony Townsend is a true hands-on supporter of his library media program.  Cristi Johnson, media specialist of Locust Grove High School, stated that “he is in our Learning Commons daily and can usually be found talking with students and encouraging their book selections, project creations, and overall use of the space.”  Best of all, “he loves our school, he loves these kids, and he loves our learning commons.  It shows in everything he says and does every day.”  Congratulations to Mr. Townsend, on this most deserving honor.

Distinguished School Administrator Award

The Distinguished School Administrator Award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of a school library media program and to advancing the role of the school library media specialist in the educational program.


The purpose of the GLMA Distinguished School Administrator Award is:


  • To honor those administrators outside the library profession who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library services and to advancing the role of the school library services in the educational program.

  • To recognize the responsible and influential role of those administrators outside the school library department in developing successful school library programs.

  • To stimulate planning, implementing, and support of the library services which are essential to a meaningful educational program.



  • The nominee must be a building principal or superintendent (district, county, or state) that is currently in an administrative role and does not work in a library media department.

  • The nominee may also be a district administrator responsible for broad instructional leadership, such as an assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, or a director of elementary and/or secondary education, provided they are not working in a library media department.

  • Previous recipients of this award may not apply for 5 years after being honored.



  • Nominations should be made by current GLMA members. 

  • Please note that all references to space limiters (ex: 2500) are in reference to characters, not words.

  • Names of the school, district, and school librarian should appear ONLY on the front page, not the narrative, in order to ensure impartial judging.

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  • 2020 Applications are due November 19, 2019

  • Please see judging criteria here.



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