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Deerfield High School is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award.

According to AASL, “School librarians Lucy Kempton, Laurie Williams and Marisa Fiorito worked with social studies teachers Nikoletta Antonakos, Hilary Quagliana, Helen Crowley, John McDonald, Brett Schwartz, Richard Grady and Lisa Allen to develop a comprehensive information literacy plan that combined content and skill instruction with meaningful student experiences. Asking students to transport themselves back to the Medieval period and develop a first-person narrative through the eyes of a historical figure, this yearlong project taught students to develop a research plan, understand the difference between information formats and accurately cite sources used in their research.”

DHS then presented the “Medieval Narative Project” to AASL.

"The award committee selected Deerfield High School to receive this award based on the levels of cooperative and shared responsibilities between faculty members as described in their application,” Leslie Forsman, committee chair, said in a press release.

“The usage of both print and non-print resources, and the correlations of activities with the ‘Empowering Learners’ standards were presented well. The committee also appreciated the fact that these personnel had shared their activities with their local co-workers and also with colleagues at the state and national levels."

The “Medieval Narrative Project” team and other AASL award recipients will be honored at an annual conference in New Orleans in June.

According to ALA, "The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association and  promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools," the website states.

“Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.”

Laurie Williams and Marisa Fiorito are photographed above.