Mark Smith, principal of Woodstock High School, received the inaugural Distinguished School Administrator Award from the Georgia Library Media Association. His media specialists, Jennifer Cogdill and Kim George, nominated Mr. Smith for this award. As Cogdill and George stated in their nomination, “we always feel like we matter and belong at Woodstock High School because we, as media specialists, are included in all that is going on.” He regularly participates in library programs, supports the improvements of the library space, and asks his media specialists, “What can I do for you? What do you need from me?”
This award has been implemented to recognize 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 in the educational program. In addition, it recognizes the responsible and influential role of those administrators that aid in developing successful school library programs.