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Jamie Gregory Adds “SC School Librarian of the Year” to her List of Accolades

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
 
School librarians play a key role in education, with more than 1,760 working as media specialists, aides, and supervisors statewide.
 
When Jamie Gregory, National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media and the Upper School Librarian and journalism/newspaper teacher was selected as the winner for the SCASL School Librarian of the Year awards program (Upstate Region) this past fall, we suspected that this was just the beginning.  
 
A frequent nominee and award-winner across many different library associations, Jamie was placed in the running to serve as the SCASL School Librarian of the Year (SLOY) and for a national American Library Association Award.
 
Just this week, Jamie received The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Oboler Memorial Award— a national award, which is presented each year for an excellent work in the area of intellectual freedom.  Jamie writes blog posts for the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom's Intellectual Freedom Blog.  “Numerous state legislatures and local school boards are twisting the meanings of intellectual freedom and free inquiry,” Jamie said upon receiving the news, “and I feel honored to be given space by the Office for Intellectual Freedom to explore these issues and make information available to those who dedicate themselves to ensuring the continuation and enforcement of students’ access to information and free exchange of ideas. The goal is that by ensuring these rights, students will learn how and be motivated to contribute to our national conversation themselves as active, informed citizens."  She will receive her award in June at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.
 
It comes as no surprise that Jamie also won SC Librarian of the Year last week at the annual SCASL Conference.  “We are very proud of Jamie’s efforts and grateful to have her at CCES,” said Wes Clarke, Head of Upper School.
 
“I am deeply honored and dedicate this in honor of our students and state school librarians who work each and every day to make their lives better, particularly during this time of widespread censorship,” Jamie noted.
 
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    • Brenda Stephens, Middle School Librarian, Owen Gregory '26, and Jamie. Brenda gave a presentation at the SCASL annual conference on media literacy, Owen served on the SCJBA committee and presented the Junior Book Award at the luncheon, and Jamie gave a presentation on intellectual freedom programming.

    • Jamie accepts her Librarian of the Year award from Jason Smith, Follett Corporation, the award's sponsor.

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