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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January/February 2014 Issue

Q: "What is the biggest opportunity school librarians are overlooking with the Common Core State Standards implementation?"

Sydnye Cohen is the technology integrator at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT. She was a presenter at the AASL 16th National Conference. She was also a panelist for the University of Rhode Island’s program “From Ranganathan to Read/Write: Managing Digital Disruption in Libraries, Schools and Workplaces” in November 2013 and a presenter for November Learning’s Building Learning Communities 2013 conference in July 2013. Sydnye is co-chair of the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat. Her recent articles include  “Tips and Tactics: Apps Meet the Common Core State Standards in Writing” in  the December 2012 issue of Teacher Librarian, “A 1:1 iPad Initiative –Vision to Reality” in the May-June 2012 issue of Library Media Connection, and “Summer Reading Goes Web 2.0” in the February 2012 issue of Teacher Librarian.

Jennisen Lucas is in her thirteenth year as a school librarian. She received her master’s degree in library science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 and achieved National Board Certification in 2006. She is currently the Park County School district elementary librarian in Powell, Wyoming, where she manages the four libraries, supervises the library clerks, and teaches information literacy skills to grades 3, 4, and 5. Jennisen is a member of the leadership team for the Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group and an officer in the Cody, Wyoming Reading Council. She recently presented a program (“CCSS, My BFF, One Librarian’s Journey in Advocacy for the School Library Program,” available through eCOLLAB) at the AASL National Conference.

Jennifer Rocca is the library media specialist at the Brookfield High School Library Learning Commons in Brookfield, CT. As one of the first schools in CT with a 1:1 iPad program, Brookfield earned an Apple Distinguished Program Award in 2012 and 2013. Jennifer also designed and developed a digital citizenship course taken by all freshmen at BHS. Most recently she presented at the AASL 16th National Conference in Hartford, CT, discussing how we can use apps and C.R.A.P testing to rise to the CCSS challenge. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @jennrocca.

Deb Svec, National Board Certified Teacher, is the librarian at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School. She has presented at various conferences including ISTE, FETC, AASL, FAME Podstock, Follett’s New Leaf in Learning, CEL @ NCTE and SDPBC Annual Technology Conference. She is a past president of FAME and remains active as the legislative chair where she advocates and educates for our profession. She is also active in the American Association of School Librarians and is the immediate past Region V Director. She serves on the April is for Authors Executive Board, which is an annual author event, hosted on her school campus.

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