Irene Kwidzinski is a lifelong learner. Her dedicated service of many years to the profession of school librarianship includes local, state, regional and national leadership. Irene was an educator for 34 years of which she served 21 years as a library media specialist in Connecticut. She served as the president of CASL from 2000-2002 and several times as conference chair. She has been the editor of the CASLgram 2007-2010 and creator of the CASL Ning. She was president of the New England School Library Association (NESLA), co-chaired several NESLA Leadership conferences and is the NESLA L4L Coordinator 2009-2014. In addition she has served on a national level as Region I Director to the AASL board 2003-2005, as the AASL board liaison to the Learning Standards Rewrite Task Force 2006-2007, as the chair of the 2009 Affiliate Assembly, and on the 2010 Urban Schools Task Force. After retirement from teaching, Irene served as a University Supervisor for Southern Connecticut State University. She is now an adjunct at Fairfield University. In that position she mentors future school librarians as they complete their certification.
This award is unique in that nominations are initiated by current or past members of the CASL board. This service award is designed to honor a person who has made an outstanding contribution to CASL and/or the library community.
The nominee(s) shall have demonstrated dedication to the profession.
"Outstanding" shall be considered as above and beyond the norm.
"Dedication" shall be interpreted as adherence, devotion, and loyalty.The award recipient will receive a plaque.
Nominations for this award are submitted by a CASL Board Member.
2019 Applications are now open (November 15, 2018).