SPVS Chair-Elect Candidate

Margaret Vernett Montgomery

Current Position:

Educational Support Manager, Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

Type of Library:  


Previous Positions:

Library Services Coordinator, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, TN, Dates employed: 2005-2013
Instructional Technology Coach, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, TN, Dates employed: 2002 - 2005
Library Information Specialist, Network Coordinator, Standards Lead Teacher, Textbook Coordinator, Memphis, TN, Dates employed: 1996-2002

Degrees and Certificates:

Union University, Education Specialist Degree, 2006; Certification: K -12 Administration and Supervision
University of Memphis, MS Curriculum and Instruction, 1999
Certifications - Elementary Education (1-8); Library Media Specialist (K –12); Supervisor of Attendance
University of Memphis, MS Counseling and Personnel Services, 1987

Division Affiliation(s): 


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

American Library Association Distinguished Administrator Awards Committee (2013)

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

National Council on Digital Citizenship, Leadership Committee Member (2011-2013); Memphis and Shelby County Friends of the Library Board Member (2007-2012)

Major Accomplishments:

My professional commitment to education has afforded me an opportunity to serve as a teacher, Library Information Specialist, Instructional Technology Coach, Memphis Teaching Fellows Recruiter, and the Library Services Coordinator for Memphis City Schools from 2007 to 2013. I am currently the Education Support Manager responsible for the supervision of the Library Services, ESL, and the Textbooks departments for Shelby County Schools. My career highlights include:

Crafted and administered the Library Services General Fund Budget of $14,069,742 and coordinated with other departments or agencies to assure maximum services and resources

Secured, coordinated, administered and evaluated the compliance of federally funded grants:2011-2013 IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program –$552,168 (funded the certification of 30 Library Information Specialists, computers and supplies) 2009-2010 Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant- $499,999; 2008-2009 -$443,936; 2006-2007 - $299, 280 2010 Target School Library Makeover – over $250,000 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association - We the People Bookshelf - $ 30,000 (served all middle and high schools)

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

It would be an honor to serve as SPVS Chair-Elect for the AASL. I am committed to serving our schools with excellence. As society changes, so will the needs of our educational system. As an educational leader and a life-long librarian, one must actively seek opportunities which will assist students in becoming productive, successful citizens. The ALA offers members an active voice in the educational process which must be shared with others. Since 2005, I have worked to be an effective advocate for Memphis and Shelby County schools and for libraries throughout Tennessee. I have successfully managed a continuous program for school libraries and library media specialists in grades PreK -12. Budget reductions, staffing limitations, preserving a voice for librarians, and sustaining vital library collections for our students are challenges that many districts face. If elected, I will bring my passion of serving our libraries to the forefront.

Member of ALA since: