Member-At-Large Candidate

Steven D. Yates

Current Position:

Instructor, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, Tuscaloosa, AL

Type of Library:

Library Educator

Previous Positions:

School Librarian, Mountain Brook High School; Birmingham, Alabama
School Librarian, Spain Park High School; Hoover, Alabama
Media Aide, North Highland Elementary School; Hueytown, Alabama

Degrees and Certificates:

Education Specialist (Library Media), University of West Alabama
Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
Master of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Alabama.

Division Affiliation(s):


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

American Library Association: Member, Committee on Diversity, (2013-2015)
Emerging Leaders Program Subcommittee, (2013-2015)
Emerging Leader, (2010)
American Association of School Librarians: Chair, Fall Forum 2014 Committee
National Conference 2013 Committee
Professional Development Advisory Group
Guest Co-Editor with Wendy DeGroat, Knowledge Quest 40.3 (Jan/Feb 2012), Futurecasting Knowledge Quest Editorial Board, (2010-2013)
AASL Annual Program Committee, (2012, 2013)

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

Alabama Library Association: President (2011-2012)
Young Adult Services Roundtable Moderator (2009-2010)
Alabama School Library Association: Conference Host (2009, 2011, 2012), Treasurer (2009-2011).

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

Spain Park High School Teacher of the Quarter, Fall 2007 (recipient with Marnie Utz, co- librarian)
Phi Beta Kappa (2002 inductee)


DeGroat, Wendy and Steven Yates. “Libraries as Story Centers, Students as Story Makers.” Knowledge Quest 42.1 (2013).
Yates, Steven D.  “Help is Here! Building PLNs Across Local, State, and National Professional Organizations.” Knowledge Quest 41.2 (2012).
Ahart, Melissa, Kristie Miller, Amy Rominiecki, Kara Smith, and Steven Yates.  “Linking Up L4L: Web Sites to Support the new AASL Standards in Your Library.”  Teacher / Librarian 38.3 (2011).

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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

The role of a member-at-large is to represent the views of the general membership to the AASL board. If elected, I pledge to help the board remain focused on the eight essential functions of the organization. The position of member-at-large is uniquely suited to assist in the responsibility to members (communications, professional development, and community), outreach, and association’s functions. Specifically, I will be sure that the positions I advocate for in board discussions center on ways to maintain the organization’s commitment to being fast, focused, friendly, flexible and fun (the association function). The constant challenge of AASL is meeting the needs of our profession. As a member-at-large I would continue to assist the AASL members, board, and staff in making and maintaining strategic partnerships for future success in providing top-quality advocacy, professional development, and standards for excellence to allow our members to best serve their students and faculties.

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