Advocating for and Promoting the Interests of the School Library Media Specialists in Southeastern NY

Every year SLMSSENY, your regional professional affiliate of NYLA-SSL Section of School Libraries, announces award opportunities for our members:

  • SLMSSENY Scholarship for $500.00

  • Bea Griggs Memorial Incentive Grant for $500.00

  • Administrator's Award

We are pleased to offer members an opportunity to apply online, using Google Forms.

The winners will be recognized for their dedication and commitment to school libraries at our annual SLMSSENY's Spring Symposium.

Administrator's Award

Recognizes an administrator who has been responsible for the initiation, maintenance, and/or improvement of a School Library Media Program in the SLMSSENY region during the past three to five years or longer. The winner will be recognized on the SLMSSENY Website as well as be given an invitation to the SLMS Conference in June, so that he or she may accept the award. He or she will also receive a $50.00 gift card to

Bea Griggs Memorial Incentive Grant

The purpose of this grant is to encourage young people to use libraries.SLMSSENY will award up to two grants, one each for Elementary and Secondary SLMS.  If you are a SLMSSENY member who has great ideas for programming in your library that you have wanted to implement but don't have the funds, apply for this grant. A simple application and proposal are all you need to get a chance at winning the $500 to improve your library programming.

Consider carefully what your students' needs are and what would make a dynamic program to support those needs. Be creative with your proposal and there is a good chance that you will get the money you need to launch your program idea or expand upon something you know works.

Scholarship Award

If you are currently a member of SLMSSENY, and are enrolled in a Library Science program, or a practicing School Media Specialist who wishes to take a class to support your professional development, consider applying for the SLMSSENY Scholarship. Send in an application with the course information and you may receive the extra funds you need to try something new and creative, or get extra credits to increase your salary.

Dara Berkwits

Awards Chairperson