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Marky Award

The Marky Award, was inspired by founding member Mark Hillsamer, the librarian at St. Albans School, Washington DC for 36 years.  Mark helped to establish AISL in 1987 and fostered its growth for 14 years. It very well may have been “Mark’s smiling face, soothing voice, and wry sense of humor”  that kept the organization going during those years.  Walter DeMelle formally announced Mark’s retirement at the Skip Anthony Lecture Banquet in 2001 and presented Mark with a special gift: a mask from Thailand of a lovely lady who holds her index finger gently to her lips in a familiar shushing gesture.

The Marky Award has been given annually since 2002, honoring AISL members who have made a significant contribution to the organization over a long period of time.  A mounted replica of Mark’s gift is given to the winner to be displayed in his or her library until the next conference, together with a small unpainted wooden replica of the mask for the honoree to keep.  The honoree is chosen by the past Marky winners and is presented with the award at the annual Skip Anthony banquet.


2015 Tampa / Karen Gray of St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville, VA

2014 Dallas / Diane Neary of The NightingaleBamford School, New York NY

2013 Baltimore / Milly Rawlings of Baylor School, Chattanooga TN

2012   Denver / Linda Mercer of John Burroughs School,  St. Louis MO

2011   San Francisco /  CD McLean of Berkeley Preparatory School,  Tampa FL

2010   Nashville / Diane Spear of Greenhill School, Addison TX

2009  Las Vegas / Liz Gray of Dana Hall School, Wellesley MA

2008   Toronto / Shannon Acedo of Harvard-Westlake Upper School, Studio City  CA

2007   Philadelphia / Stephanie Meyer of the Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA

2006   Atlanta / Walter DeMelle, of  The  Hotchkiss School, Lakeville  CT

2005    New York / Barbara (May) Hathaway of  Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest VA

2004     Dallas / Eileen Frost of  Summit School,  Winston Salem NC

2003  Charlottesville / Joan Turk of  Oak Knoll School, Summit NJ

2002  Pasadena / Selene Meeks of Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest IL

 2001  New England / Mark Hillsamer of St. Albans School,  Washington DC