ISS Chair-Elect Candidate

Yapha Nussbaum Mason

Current Position:

Librarian, Brentwood School, Los Angeles, CA

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Previous Positions:

Head Librarian, Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA, 2008-2009
Librarian, Brentwood School, Los Angeles, CA, 1995-2008
Cataloger, Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX, 1994-1995

Degrees and Certificates:

University of California, Los Angeles, MLS, 1994
University of Judaism, BA English & Literature, 1992

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ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

Newbery Award Committee, member, 1999
Notable Children’s Software Committee, member, 2001-2003
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee, member, 2005-2007

Honors and Awards (library and non-library, including DATES):

Nominated to Beta Phi Mu, 1994
Book Reviewer for School Library Journal, 1997-2002
Presenter at California Association of Independent Schools Southern Regional Conference, 2007
Presenter at California Association of Independent Schools Southern Regional Conference, 2009
SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) New Leaders' Workshop, 2012

Major Accomplishments:

After spending a year as a book and non-book cataloger for a school district in Texas, I was hired as the founding librarian of the Brentwood School West Campus Library when the Lower School started in 1995. I created both the physical library as well as the library program, including implementing a K-6 standardized research curriculum supported by the Big6. In 2008, I spent a year as Head Librarian at Applewild School, helping them to reinvent their library's culture and its role in the school. I returned to Brentwood as Lower School Librarian in 2009, where I am currently in my 18th year. I coordinate yearly book drives with local organizations to help provide books to school libraries in need around Los Angeles, as well as to the local food bank. In addition to my book clubs at school, I am active on GoodReads and also have a book review blog.


Author: "Exploring Ocean Animals" in Collaborating to Meet Standards: Teacher/Librarian Partnerships for K-6 (Linworth 2007)

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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

Independent School Librarians face unique challenges and opportunities. While there are areas of overlap with our colleagues in public, university, and public school libraries, our institutions have a culture of their own, of which we must be mindful. Since we are often few and far between in our cities, it is essential that we have a place that we can turn to, and colleagues that we can collaborate with, who are in situations similar to our own. We need a strong network, where we can support each other, as well as help to make a loud statement in support of all school libraries. I hope to continue on with the good work of the Independent School Section, making each of our libraries stronger as we work together and support one another.

Member of ALA since: