Congratulations to 
Dr. Phyllis Snipes,
2017 Award Winner,
for her leadership work with the School Library Evaluation Instrument.

William E. Patterson Award

 William E. Patterson was president of GLMA 1979-80 and editor of the Georgia Library Media Department Newsletter. With these leadership roles and a host of other contributions and involvements in school library media programs, the William E. Patterson Award was established to honor library media professionals for outstanding and continuous service to the Georgia Library Media Association.



  • The recipient for the award is chosen by the President.

  • The President consults with the Committee Chair as to the appropriate wording for the award plaque.

  • The award is presented by the President during a conference designated by the President and the Board. 

Spotlight on Dr. Phyllis Snipes, 2017 William E. Patterson Award Winner

Dr. Phyllis Snipes is Professor of Media/School Library Media in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. Already a respected and beloved leader in the library media community, her leadership work in the development of the School Librarian Evaluation Instrument led her to receive the William E. Patterson Award. 

In the fall of 2014, a Georgia Library Media Consortium group met at the University of West Georgia to discuss major issues of concern for media programs in the state; the group consisted of university professors, media coordinators, and media specialists. The focus of the work was to identify content that should be required for school library media specialist preparation programs. A secondary goal was to initiate a plan to develop a library media program self-assessment instrument to help ensure that library media program expectations could be consistent across the state. 


In 2015, the Consortium developed the Media Keys Effectiveness System (MKES). Following a commitment to national standards, the School Library Evaluation Instrument (SLEI) was developed in 2016. This work was led by Dr. Phyllis Snipes. Her unwavering commitment and dedication has helped to make the SLEI a reality, empowering library media specialists throughout the state. 


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