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Meet Your 2012 School Administrator of the Year

Now that you’ve met NCSLMA’s 2012 Media Coordinator of the Year, it’s time to feature our 2012 Media Administrator of the Year.  Each year NCSLMA provides media coordinators across the state an opportunity to nominate administrators who go “above and beyond” in their support of the school library media programming. This award is supported by Hart, Inc., with a $1000.00 gift certificate for the recipient’s school.  But even more importantly, it allows our organization to illustrate just how significant administrative support is to a strong and thriving school library media program.

NCSLMA is proud to recognize Bob Grimes as our 2012 North Carolina Media Administrator of the Year.   Mr. Grimes is currently an Assistant Superintendent at Brunswick County Schools and previously was the principal of North Brunswick High School.  Here is an excerpt from Mr. Grimes’ nomination, expressing his personal philosophy for school libraries:

“The school library media center reflects the school’s culture and should be the hub of the school.  It takes a collaboration of administrators, media specialists, teachers, parents and community to create and sustain a media program that will make a difference.  I truly believe that effective media centers make an impact academically as well as socially in the lives of our students.  Media centers should not be considered add-ons to the instructional program.  They must be an integral part of every student and teachers academic and home life.”

Some of his contributions to library media programming include:  proposing a budget initiative with the goal to bring all district media center up to the outstanding level based on collection age and books per student, instituting a middle school reading that promotes self-selected reading, and supporting summer programs involving summer circulation and online book discussions. In his nomination one media coordinator stated “He's actually the principal who taught me to be a media coordinator, to truly promote a love of reading in students, to make the media center a place where students want to be.”

Hats off to Mr. Grimes for his outstanding support of school libraries and media programs!  NCLSMA members, if you know an administrator who exemplifies noteworthy support of your library media program, please consider nominating that person in the coming year.  Nomination forms for the 2013 awards will be available on the NCSLMA website in the spring.

-Posted by Joanna Gerakios, NCSLMA Awards & Scholarships Section Chair
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