30 Second Thought Leadership

Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community

AASL presents 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community, a video podcast series delivering brief and practical advice from respected school library leaders on important questions about school libraries today and in the future. Questions are based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. 

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May/Jun 2014 Issue

Q: "How can school librarians foster creativity and innovation in their school library programs as part of the assessment-driven atmosphere in education today?"

Christina Genay, National Board Certified Librarian, is the librarian at Garland R. Quarles Elementary School in Winchester, Virginia. She earned the 2014 AASL Innovative Reading Grant for her summer book bike mobile program. As a 2011 Hawaii Ironman World Championship finisher, she is excited to combine her love of books and biking. She is also a 2014 Fund for Teachers fellow.

Stephanie Ham serves as the Lead Librarian at Metro Nashville Public Schools. Stephanie has taught kindergarten and fifth grade and was a high school librarian. In 2011, Stephanie transitioned to the Project Coordinator of Limitless Libraries, a partnership program between Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nashville Public Library. The primary goals of the program are resource sharing between the two institutions and improving the collections within MNPS. While serving as Project Coordinator, she saw the expansion of the program from 16 schools to 125 schools within MNPS. Stephanie holds a BS in Elementary Education from Bradley University, Masters in Library & Information Sciences from Trevecca Nazarene University and her EDS in Educational Leadership from Tennessee Tech University. 

Susan Nottoli has been the Library Resource Teacher for 14 years at Adolph Link School in Palatine, IL. She previously spent 5 years as a classroom teacher in Schaumburg School District 54. Recently Susan received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois through the CTER (Curriculum, Technology and Educational Reform) program and obtained an Illinois Technology Specialist certificate. Additionally, she received a master’s degree and certification in educational administration from Northern Illinois University. She has been a member of the ALA and AASL for several years. She was awarded AASL’s 2014 Information Technology Pathfinder Award.

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