AASL President's Page

Terri Grief

AASL President
2014 - 2015

School Librarian, McCracken County (KY) High School

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“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” ~ J.K. Rowling

Everyday, school librarians are transforming learning. The impact that we have on children’s lives cannot be diminished or replicated by others. What other person in the school has the honor and privilege of connecting students to learning at their starting place? The excitement of helping a child find just the right book, just the right website or create just the right product happens in the library. Libraries are a place of wonder, excitement and spontaneity. They are also a safe harbor for kids to discover who they are in a non-judgmental environment. How lucky we are to be a part of this world! AASL’s mission statement “AASL empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning” validates what we know. Every one of us has the power to imagine better for our students. AASL has more than magic with our strong members and our excellent staff and, together, we can empower school library leaders to transform the world. As president, I plan to encourage the leaders at the state and national levels to realize their power to transform our association.