President-Elect Candidate

Leslie Preddy

Current Position:

School Librarian, Perry Meridian Middle School, Indianapolis, IN

Type of Library:


Previous Positions:

Adjunct Professor, Indiana State University, 2009-2013
Instructor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Education, 2004-2009
Instructor, Indiana University-School of Library and Information Science, 2007

Degrees and Certificates:

Indiana State University, M.S., Educational Technology, 1995;
Indiana State University, B.S.,  School Library Media Services (cum laude), 1991

Division Affiliation(s):


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

LMC/ARBA Best of Reference Awards, judging panel, 2013
AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award, committee member, 2011
Chair, AASL Innovative Reading Grant, 2010
ALA Sara Jaffarian Award Selection Committee, committee member, 2007
AASL School Librarians Workshop Scholarship Committee, committee member, 2004
AASL Region 3 representative for Indiana, 2003
Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), AASL Focus Group, 2003
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) National Forum for school library media specialists, AASL Indiana representative, 2002

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

Indiana Library Federation state conference, Co-Chair, 2009-2011
Indiana Department of Education new Indiana Library Media Standards for Educators, committee member, 2010
AISLE Survivor Workshop, Chair, 2005 and 2008
Indiana Department of Education-Office of Learning Resources Standards Correlation, committee member, 2008
AISLE/IU-SLIS Data Task Force, 2004
AISLE President, 2003
AISLE Leadership Retreat, Chair, 2003
Survey on Indiana School Library Media Collections, Staff & Programs, committee member, 2003
AISLE State Conference, Chair, 2002; AISLE Treasure Chest College Scholarship Fundraising Silent Auction, Chair, 2000
Young Hoosier Book Award committee, K-8 General Chair, 1999-2002
AISLE Regional Media Fair coordinator and host site, 1998

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

Indiana State Teacher of the Year, Top 10 Finalist, 2010
AASL School Library Media Program of the Year (SLMPY), 2010
Metropolitan School District of Perry Township - District Teacher of the Year, 2009
LSTA Technology Grant recipient, 2008
ILF-AISLE Peggy L. Pfeiffer Service Award recipient, 2006
Thomson Gale/School Library Media Connection TEAMS Award, Honorable Mention, 2005
AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award, 2003
Treasure Mountain Research Institute, TM10Scholar, 2002
Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, 2013 and 2000
Indiana Humanities Council Major Grant recipient, 1999
Gettysburg National Park, advisory team, 1999
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Education Initiatives Task Force, 1998

Major Accomplishments:

Leslie Preddy has been the school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1992. She is a past recipient of AASL’s Collaborative School Library Media Award and School Library Media Program of the Year. She is a former MSD of Perry Township Teacher of the year and a 2010 Finalist for Indiana State Teacher of the Year. She is a past president for the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), a past general chair of the state’s Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) program, and recipient of AISLE’s prestigious Peggy L. Pfeiffer Service Award. She has published over 30 articles in professional journals, co-created online resources and has served as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University and IUPUI. Her book, SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project (Libraries Unlimited 2007) was named one of the Best Professional Books of 2007 by Teacher Librarian and her book, Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century (Libraries Unlimited 2010), was Highly Recommended by Library Media Connection.


Preddy, Leslie. School Library Makerspace: Grades 6–12. Libraries Unlimited, 2013.
Preddy, Leslie. Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century. Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
Preddy, Leslie. SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Links to further information:

Preddy, Leslie. "Reading, Thinking, Learning, Living"

Preddy, Leslie. “Student Inquiry in the Research Process” research model

Harvey, Carl, Nancy McGriff and Leslie Preddy.  “Collecting the Data:  Templates and Resources for School Library Media Specialists”

Lamb, Annette. "Information Inquiry, Literacy and Learning @ Your Library"

Twitter: lesliepreddy

​Linkedin: Leslie Preddy

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

We school librarians share a superpower. Using our collective strength for good, we defend the information and reading needs and rights of our patrons. I know our strength comes from the power of our association members working together toward common, noble goals. I believe we need to focus on our ongoing mission to work toward meeting AASL’s Strategic Plan. Consider the decline in professional membership and school library positions. The future of school libraries depends on our involvement, the development of leaders, and advocating for excellence. As a candidate for AASL President, I will focus on increasing membership, mentoring school library revolutionaries, bolstering affordable alternative professional development, and seeking new revenue partnerships to fund our goals and Strategic Plan.  Our librarian superpowers change lives and influence generations, so put on your cape and join me as we continue to evolve and strengthen our school libraries and school librarians.

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