Immediate Past President
Susan D. Ballard
2012 - 2013
Adjunct professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in the Instructional Technology Licensure Program
“A ship in harbor is safe—but that is not what ships were built for.”
(Admiral Grace Hopper)
My passion is for strong, school library programs with effective, certified school librarians at the helm. I know we make a tremendous difference in assuring excellence in teaching and learning. I am appalled when positions are eliminated and programs collapse. Quality people and programs are needed now, more than ever. AASL must speak out; be willing to take calculated risks to educate communities and government on the essential role of school libraries. We cannot be bashful when advocating for students and 21-st century learning standards. I will bring my best thinking and work to communicate evidence supporting our role, fight for funding to continue our journey, and articulate our Learning4Life mission. We are the variable to help launch learning, and ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve.