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SLRI Awards - Wilfred Berube Award for Administrative Excellence

Wilfred Berube Award for Administrative Excellence

The Wilfred Berube Award for Administrative Excellence was initiated in 2000 to honor the memory of Wilfred Berube, the founder of the Rhode Island Educational Media Association (or RIEMA, now known as SLRI). The award is given to an outstanding Rhode Island K-12 school administrator who has provided considerable and sustained support to the development or enhancement of school library media programs in general and/or who regularly exhibits direct and positive support for and involvement with the library program at his or her school.

Who is eligible for this award? Any currently serving Rhode Island K-12 school administrator

Who may nominate for this award? Any current SLRI member in good standing may make one nomination per school year

When will the award be announced? At the RILA Annual Conference in May 2019.

What form does the award take? Esteemed recognition on behalf of SLRI and a customized token of appreciation.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • The 2019 submission deadline has passed
  • Descriptions of the winning entry may be posted to the SLRI website
  • Incomplete, illegible, or late entries will be disqualified
  • The application must show that the nominee has provided considerable and sustained support to the development or enhancement of school library media program(s) at the school or district level, with substantial evidence of direct and positive involvement with the library's programs, services, and patrons
  • At least 3 readers will review each application using the attached rubric
  • The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence as defined by the criteria and rubric posted above; SLRI reserves the right to withhold the award if submissions do not meet these requirements
For questions about this award or about the nomination process, please send an email to

 with “Berube Award” in the subject line. 

Please note that award eligibility, application, selection, and submission criteria may be changed at the discretion of the SLRI Awards Chair and/or the SLRI Executive Board.

Previous Recipients:

2017-Principal Beth Cauley, Principal, George R. Hanaford Elementary School, East Greenwich, RI

2016-Dr. Patrick McGee, Superintendent, Woonsocket School District, Woonsocket, RI

2015-Michael Crudale, Principal, Park View Middle School, Cranston, RI

2011-Daniel Kelley, Smithfield High School, Smithfield, RI

2010-Dr. Davida Irving, Capt. Isaac Paine Elementary School, Foster, RI

2008-Armand Pires, McCourt Middle School, Cumberland, RI

2007-Dr. Fran Gallo, Former Providence Public Schools Administrator

2005-Dr. Arlene Chorney, RI Training School, Cranston, RI 

2003-John Pini, Superintendent of Chariho Regional School District

2002-Ralph A. Malafronte, Superintendent of Barrington Public Schools

2001-Dr. Douglas Greenberg, B. Jae Clanton Complex, Providence, RI

2000-David Andrews, Principal, Narragansett High School, Narragansett, RI

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