AASL 2013 Elections
Stephanie Light Eames
Teacher-Librarian and IB Coordinator; Long Trail School; Dorset; VT;
Degrees and Certificates:
University at Albany, MSIS, 2010; SUNY New Paltz, BA English - Creative Writing, 2008.
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee Member, 2011-2012; NMRT Liaison to AASL and YALSA, 2011-2012; NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Committee, 2011-2012; AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee Vice-Chair, 2012-2013; IFRT Member, 2009-2013; NMRT Member 2009-2013.
Honors and Awards:
Presidential Scholar at SUNY New Paltz, 2004-2008; Alice K. Lewis Scholar for Delta Kappa Gamma, 2007.
Presenter at Vermont Fest 2011- Leveraging Technology for Student-Centered Learning: "Nuestras Costumbres: Spanish Pen-Pals Close to Home," detailing a two-year project of Spanish communication between Vermont students using various technology to create and connect, including video editors, wikis, and digital storybooks. Presentation also offered advice on collaborative lesson planning through distance learning.
Author: "Social Media and Intellectual Filtering," AASL Blog, December 11, 2012.
Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
Now more than ever independent school libraries are relevant; many are spaces where kids can create as much as they consume. We must ensure that this innovative voice is heard throughout AASL, which would be my priority as ISS chair. Many independent librarians like myself can feel like lone islands without a district, which creates a built-in network of peers with whom to throw around ideas. ISS is essential to maintaining that relationship with fellow independent librarians. We also need to increase communication and collaboration with the regional organizations. I have started doing just that by updating the ISS Related Organizations list on the AASL website. Whether it is an advocacy need, a new programming idea, or a discussion on intellectual freedom, we must nurture strong bonds between our independent libraries. With my energy and enthusiasm, we can make it happen when you vote me for ISS chair-elect.
Member of ALA since: