AASL 2013 Elections
Jody K. Howard
Associate Professor and Director of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science; Long Island University; Brookville; NY
Adjunct Professor, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Library and Information Science, Denver, CO, 2006-2010
School Library Progam Manager and Instructor, University of Colorado at Denver, School of Education, 2000-2006
School Librarian, District School Library Director, Teacher, Adams County District 12, Five Star Schools, Denver, CO, 1984-2004.
Degrees and Certificates:
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, Ph.D. in Library and Information Science, 2008; University of Denver, Denver, CO, Masters of Library Science and Information Managment, 1981; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, MA in Educational Media, 1975; Adams State College, Teacher Certification, 1971; Metropolitan State College of Denver, BA English, 1971.
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
ALA Joint Children's Book Council Committee, Member, 2009-2011; AASL Research and Statistics Committee, Chair, 2012 to Present; AASL-ESLS Outgoing Chair, 2012 to Present; AASL-ESLS Chair, 2011-2012; AASL-ESLS Chair-Elect, 2010-2011; AASL School Library Media Research Editorial Board, Member, 2009-2012; AASL Assessment Rubric Task Force, Member 2010; AASL Research and Statistics Committee, Member 2006-2008; AASL Colorado Representative to Vision Committee, 2006.
Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), Immediate Past Present, 2009-2010; CAL President, 2008-2009; CAL President-elect, 2007-2008; CAL Legislative Committee, Chair and Member, 2001-2010; Colorado State Library Power Library Board, Member, 2001-2010; Colorado Library Advisory Board, 2004-2006; Colorado Association of School Libraries (CASL) Higher Education Board Representative, 2003-2007; Emporia State Ph.D. Student Representative on the Doctoral Steering Committee, 2006-2007; Emporia Sate Ph.D. Student Representative on the School of Library and Information Managment (SLIM) Committee, 2006-2007; Emporia Diversity Initiative (EDI) Memtor of a (SLIM) student, 2006-2008.
Honors and Awards:
2007 Received a $25,000 LSTA Grant: Celebrating a Winning Team, Principals and School Librarians, Ingredients for Increased Student Achievement; 2007 Received a $2000 Dissertation Research Fellowship from Emporia State University; 2007 Invited to attend the Library Research Seminar IV, Doctoral Pre-Conference at Western Ontario University in London, Ontario; 2004 Received recognition from Colorado State Library for Serving as the Chairperson of the Central Colorado Library System (CCLS); 2002 Received the CAL Distinguisted Services Award; 2002 Nominee for the Education Adjunct Professor of the Year at the Univesity of Colorado at Denver.
One of my major accomplishments was to represent all of the information professionals in the state of Colorado as president of the Colorado Association of Libraries in 2008-2009. During the year I established a revitalization taskforce to examine the entire organization and make certain it was meeting the needs of its members. Specific changes were accepted by the Board in an effort to make the organizaiton more meaningful and relevant to the information professionals in Colorado. At the national level, working as chair and chair-elect of the AASL's Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) allowed me to become more involved with my colleagues at other universities. We worked together to provide the best prossible education for school librarians in our progrms. This work has also allowed me to partner with others to continue research that will assist school librarians in their professional growth and program improvement. Working as chair of the research and statistics committee this year has also provided opportunities to work with colleagues to further the cause of school librarians.
Author, "The School Librarian as Curricculum Leader," a Chapter in The Many Faces of Leadership for the School Librarian (Libraries Unlimited) 2010.
Author, "The Relationship between School Culture and the School Library Program," School Library Media Research, Vol. 13, 2010.
Co-Author, Action Research for the School Library Media Specialist (Linworth Publishing) 2005.
Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
A few years ago I had the privilege of representing one state on the AASL vision committee that consisted of one representative from each state. Our charge was to try and describe what the school librarian of the 21st century would and should be. From this experience I realized that leadership and being a school librarian are practically one and the same. A school librarian will only be effective if he/she is a leader in the school, in the state, and in the nation. The term "leadership" means many things but for school librarians it entails exhibiting initiative, taking charge, and leading students and staff in their quest for information. I am concerned that not all school librarians understand this leadership role or implement it in their daily lives. As a member-at-large for AASL, I will work tirelessly to help develop leadership skills in our membersip.
Member of ALA since: