AASL 2013 Elections
Director-Elect Region 6
Carlyn J. Gray
Director, Library Services; Round Rock Independent School District; Round Rock; TX;
C. D. Fulkes Middle School Librarian, Round Rock Independent School District, 07/1995-12/2001
Richardson High School Librarian, Richardson Independent School District, 08/1985-06/1995
North Junior High Librarian, Richardson Independent School District, 08/1983-07/1985
Degrees and Certificates:
University of North Texas, MLS Library Science, 1976; University of Oklahoma, BA Language Arts, 1971
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
ALA Chapter Councilor from Texas, 2009-2012; AASL Pre-Service Task Force, 2011-2013; AASL, Dallas Local Arrangement Committee for ALA Annual Conference, 1998.
Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations (include DATES):
Texas Library Association, Tall Texan Leadership Selection Committee, Member, 2011-2013; Texas Library Association, Tall Texan Mentor, 2013; Texas Association of School Library Administrators, Member, 2001-2013; Texas Association of School Libraries, Member, 1977-2013, Scholarship Committee, 2012-2014; Texas Library Association, Executive Board, ALA Chapter Councilor, 2009-2012; Texas Library Association, Council, Voting Member, 2007-2012; Texas Library Association, Legislative Committee, Member, 1993-2013; Texas Library Association, Strategic Planning Task Force, Member, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012; Texas Library Association, Annual Conference Local Arrangements Committee, Co-Chair, 2011; Texas Library Association, Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee 6th Grade Study, Member, 2008-2009; Texas Library Association, Executive Board, School Member-At-Large, 2007-2009; Texas Library Association, Transforming Texas Libraries Task Force, Member, 2007-2009; Texas Library Association, Nominating Committee, Chair, 2004-2005; Texas Library Association, Ad Hoc Committee for the School Library Conference, Chair, 2003-2005; Texas Library Association, School Conference Task Force, 2005-2013; Texas Library Association, District 3, Treasurer, 2003-2005; Texas Library Association, Scholarship & Research Committee, Member, 2001-2004; Texas Library Association, Conference Program Committee, Member, 1998-1999; Texas Association of School Librarians, Legislative Committee, Chair, 1994-1997; Texas Library Association, Young Adult Roundtable, Chair/ChairElect,1990-1992.
A major career accomplishment was being elected by all types of librarians to serve for five years on the Executive Board of the Texas Library Association (TLA). I am also proud of the twenty years I have served on the TLA Legislative Committee as an advocate for libraries and librarians. I have visited many members of the Texas Legislature and members of the United States Congress on behalf of libraries. I have been a national delegate to National Library Legislative Day numerous times. An equally powerful experience was serving as the Texas Chapter Councilor on the ALA Council from 2009-2012. And finally, I have been a librarian at every level: elementary, middle, junior high, and high school. This has afforded me the invaluable perspective to know what school librarians do and what their challenges are. As Library Services Director of the Round Rock Independent School District I have been given the opportunity to work with outstanding librarians who make tremendous differences in the lives of their students!
Gray, Carlyn: "Strong Libraries, Strong Scores." Library Media Connection 25.1 (2006); 32-33.
Gray, Carlyn: "Strong Libraries, Strong Scores." Texas Library Journal 81.2 (Summer 2005), 72-73.
Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
As school librarians, we share the transforming change precipitated by new technologies. We must ensure that life-long learning is an integral part of the lives of our students and that each of them is career/college ready. We must be the instructional leaders and information specialists that teach them 21st century skills to prepare them to be successful. We must provide needed services and equal opportunities for everyone, respect civil liberties, and protect the rights of the student and those of the copyright holder. As members of AASL, we must stay vigilant to what is on the horizon, adapt to interactive environments, preserve the past, but learn what is new. If I am elected as the Region VI Regional Director, I will communicate to you the business, current issues and initiatives of AASL. I will work diligently to support the initiatives of AASL. I ask for your vote.
Member of ALA since: