Treasurer Candidate

Dr. Linda J. Underwood

Current Position:

School Librarian, Garner Magnet High School, Garner, NC

Type of Library:


Previous Positions:

Coordinator, School Library Concentration, NC Central University 2009-2013
Coordinator, School Library Concentration, MN State University Mankato 2003-2007
School Librarian, Kanawha County Schools, WV 1974-1997

Degrees and Certificates:

West Virginia University, Doctorate, Education Leadership (School Librarian Leadership), 2003
Louisiana State University, MLIS, School Library Concentration, 1999
Marshall University, Instructional Technology and Design Concentration, 1992
Marshall University, MA, Reading Education, 1973
Marshall University, BA, Library Science and Social Studies, 1970

Division Affiliation(s):


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

NCATE SPA Reviewer, 2000 Present
AASL National Program Planning Committee, Co Chair, 2011
AASL/American University Press Committee, Chair 2010
AASL/NCATE Coordinating Committee 2005-2012
ALA Councilor at Large, 2007-2010
ELMS Secretary, 2004-2005

Major Accomplishments:

Serving on the committee that developed the new standards for school library education was one of the most exciting activities in my career.


Jesseman, D., Page, Scott, Underwood, L. "School Library Certification in the 50 States," School Library Monthly (ABC/CLIO) Updated yearly online since 2006
Underwood, L. (2007) "Alphabet Soup," School Library Monthly (ABC/CLIO)
Underwood, L. (2008) " Blocked, Banned: What to do?" School Library Monthly (ABC/CLIO)

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

My major concern is the vanishing school librarian. Many states are eliminating the position and delegating the school library to volunteers or clerks. I see many candidates for school librarians rethinking the degree.

Member of ALA since: