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Nassau BOCES SLS Names Administrator and School Librarian of the Year

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Nassau BOCES School Library Services Supervisor Carl Vitevitch presents the School Librarian of the Year award to Deirdre Reddington, Uniondale UFSD, and the Administrator of the Year award to Anthony DeRiso, Principal, Plainedge UFSD.

Nassau BOCES School Library System (NBSLS) is honored to announce the winners of its two awards for its School Library Month celebration. The winners were selected from 10 applicants in each category by an NBSLS Advisory Council committee.

The Administrator of the Year Award goes to Mr. Anthony DeRiso, Principal, Plainedge Middle School, Plainedge UFSD. This award was established in 1986.

Mr. DeRiso instituted a period of “App Sharing” every month to allow teachers to share the apps they use and how they are using them, and he has supported the district’s “iPad User Day” held in the Plainedge Middle School Library Media Center. He has been a steadfast supporter of the Library Media Center. Mr. DeRiso’s nominator praised the success of his efforts as a supporter of the 21st Century Learner stating that he sees the value in project-based, freeform learning and research. 

Ms. Deirdre Reddington from the Uniondale High School, Uniondale UFSD, is the winner of the School Librarian of the Year Award. This award has been given annually since 2006.

Mrs. Reddington focuses on providing a library program that is meaningfully and consistently connected to the curriculum, emphasizes the value of reading, and integrating technology. She also teaches in-service courses, coordinates the iBook Author training, mentors new librarians, supervises a graduate library student, supports the Yearbook staff and serves as a building technology mentor. Her nominator goes on to state that she coordinated a very successful author/illustrator night, that brought over forty Long Island authors/illustrators to the school.

Both winners were honored at the NBSLS Awards and Liaison Meeting held at the Robert E. Lupinskie Center in Westbury on May 13, 2015.

The Nassau BOCES School Library System, which was established September 1985, provides library coordination and services to Nassau County’s 56 school districts and member independent schools. This is a state aid funded program, through Education Law 284: School Library Systems, which is available to school districts and independent schools at no cost.

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