Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos receives national award from American Association of School Librarians


Supporting transformation across the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos was recently honored for his efforts to advance library services.

Dr. Cavazos was awarded the Distinguished School Administrators Award by the American Association of School Librarians, which recognizes administrators who have made worthy contributions to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program. Only the second administrator from Texas to earn the national award, he was previously named by the Texas Association of School Libraries as the recipient of the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators this year.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the American Association of School Libraries for the progress our Information Literacy Centers (ILCs) have made at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “Our ILCs play an important role in shaping our students’ futures by providing them with the resources to succeed and our teachers with the tools to create meaningful and relevant learning in the classroom. Holding this honor close to my heart, I will continue to look toward the future as our work to advance the role of library services in developing successful educational programs carries on.”

A proponent of collaboration, Dr. Cavazos has been instrumental in expanding the roles of libraries and librarians to further provide students and teachers with the resources needed to enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom. The impact has been so great that they are now referred to as Information Literacy Centers, and librarians are now known as Library Media Specialists. They also carry an assortment of technological resources so that students and teachers can continue their lessons while in the ILC which are considered to be biggest classroom at any of the HCISD campuses.

“Dr. Art Cavazos is a visionary leader with a passion for helping our students, teachers and staff,” said Board President George McShan. “His dedication to developing the resources that our students will need when they exit our schools is tireless and speaks volumes to the innovative work he has done as Superintendent.”

“Dr. Cavazos is a champion for education whose life’s work is guided by his passion for providing the best environment for learning for all students,” said Gerry Fleuriet, HCISD board of trustee. “We consider him to be one of the leading Superintendents in the State of Texas, and has been and continues to be an instrument for positive force for good in education.”

Dr. Cavazos and other AASL award recipients will be honored at AASL’s Awards Luncheon during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The luncheon will be held Saturday, June 28.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

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