Dr. Violet H. Harada is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978, the award, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development. Harada was nominated by Carolyn Kirio and Debora Lum. "Harada is a visionary mentor, instructor, colleague and advocate,” read the nomination submitted by Kirio. "She continues to mold/influence librarianship with her expertise and knowledge. [She] is definitely a leader in the field"