J’aimé Pfeiffer – Recipient Of The 2017 Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a School Library System Director whose work exemplifies six areas of consideration: professional leadership, professional service, information sharing, collaboration, quality programs and creative service.
J’aimé Pfeiffer, SLS Coordinator forWashington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex School Library System, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 SLSA Distinguished Service Award.
Speech from the Evening:
Good evening. I want to thank the SSL Conference Committee for, first, this wonderful conference and, second, for providing us a stage to honor one of our SLSA Directors with our Distinguished Service Award. Each year it is an amazing opportunity to learn with and from each other at this event and the School Library Systems Association is proud to support the SSL conference by providing our school librarians with grants and scholarships to attend. We would like to take a minute and ask all the school librarians that are here on a grant or scholarship from your School Library System to stand up and be recognized.
We are proud of your passion and dedication to the library profession and very happy to support your
professional development with these scholarships. Thank you also to my SLSA Directors colleagues for continuing to support and empower the school librarians in your regions!
As the current president, I have the distinct honor to introduce this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, J’aime Pfieffer. J’aime’s tenure as the President-elect, President, and now Past President has proven to be extremely successful and beneficial to all members of SLSA. She has the unique ability to identify the strengths of individuals and to bring groups together in such a way that each member compliments the whole. This past year, J’aimé worked closely with SED, DLD, NYLA, SSL, and Higher Education representatives to create a heightened sense of awareness of the shortage of school librarians and to investigate alternative pathways to certification. Last fall J’aime stepped up, as she always does, to represent us as our spokesperson at the Assembly Hearing on Library Funding.