AASL 2013 Elections
SPVS Representative to the AASL Board of Directors
Devona J. Pendergrass
District Head Librarian/High School Librarian; Mountain Home High School; Mountain Home; AR;
School Librarian, Head Librarian, Mountain Home Public Schools, 1992-Present
History Teacher/Busdriver, Mounatin Home Public Schools, 1985-1992
Cutting Floor Supervisor, Capital Mercury, 1979-1985
Degrees and Certificates:
Southwest Missouri State University, BS Education, 1979
University of Central Arkansas, MS Library Science, 1995
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, NBCT, Library Media-Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, 2003
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, NBCT Renewal, Library Media, 2012
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
AASL School Librarians Website Resource Guide Editorial Board 2007-08
AASL 15th National Conference Proposal Review Committee
AASL Arkansas Affiliate Assembly Representative 2009-2010
AASL National Affiliate Assembly Recording Secretary (currently serving my second elected term)
AASL Affiliate Assembly Executive Committee 2011-Present
AASL Senior Project/Capstone Task Force-2010-present
Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
Arkansas Library Association (ArLA) ** Arkansas Association of School Librarians (ArASL):
Member Since 1995; Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair 2009-2013; Annual Conference Exhibit Chair 2012; Current Member of the ArLA Scholarship Committee; Current Constitution Chair; ArASL Conference Chair 2009; ArASL Chair 2010;
Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM): President Elect 2007; Conference Chair 2007; President 2008; Past President 2009; Past Nominations Chair; Past Constitution Chair; Past Resource Networking Chair; Current Treasurer 2009-present; Current Exhibits Chair; Current Long Range Planner
Honors and Awards:
1999-MHPS School Bus Driver of the Year
2005--Arkansas School Librarian of the Year
2006--Hastings Educator of the Year
2007--Library of the Year Award
2010--Herb Lawrence Leadership Award
2012--MHPS Teacher's Big Heart Award
Since becoming head librarian and vertical team leader our school district libraries have acquired new software, new servers, library wi-fi and increased usage of both our print and non-print materials. Usage at the high school where I am librarian increased so dramatically that I got to design and build a brand new library that has become the center of the high school and is used for community and district functions. We went from 50 student visits a day to around 500 daily. In 2006 I served on our state's first ever library media frameworks and will be on the revision committee in 2013. The frameworks embraced L4L, Standards for the 21st Century Learner, Empowering Learners and the Common Core. As a member of my District Leadership team I have been able to make a real difference in our student's learning. This offers assurance and credibility to the district's libraries and the librarian's role as teachers and leaders in their perspective buildings. We are defined as technology leaders in our district technology plan.
Author: "Bakersfield," White River Valley Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, Number 4, Summer 1992.
Author: "The 70% Solution", AAIM Journal, Spring 2007.
Author: "Conference Attendance is Important", AAIM Journal, Fall 2008.
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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
As a librarian I experience daily the impact of libraries on education, not only for my students but for all those who seek personal and professional enrichment. As AASL/SPVS representative to the AASL Board of Directors, my actions will reflect my dedication to our members and their libraries. I have commited myself to the mission, purpose and goals of AASL. My dedication to the members and their libraries will reflect my deep and abiding commitment to maintaining the integrity of the organization and to the primary placement of libraries as the most integral component of education and information for all sectors of society.
Member of ALA since: