March/April 2013 Issue

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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Q: “How does taking the time to mentor others benefit a school librarian?"

Toni Buzzeo, MA, MLIS, is a career school librarian and ALA/AASL member as well as a professional and children's author. She was named the 1999 Maine School Library Media Specialist of the Year and has authored five books and countless articles on teacher/librarian collaboration. She is also the New York Times bestselling children's author of nineteen picture books, including the 2013 Caldecott Honor winning One Cool Friend. For more about Toni, visit

Ann M. Martin is an educational specialist in Library Services for the Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia. She is a past president of AASL and author of Seven Steps to an Award Winning School Library Program (2012). She has received many awards including the Longwood University Professionals Who Made a Difference Award (2008), AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year (2002), and Virginia Tech Excellence in Education Award (2000). Ann’s school district, Henrico County Public Schools, was one of three AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award winners in 2011.

Lisa Perez is a network library coordinator for the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries. In her position, she supports approximately 350 elementary and high school librarians. She designs and delivers various grant and technology training programs for school librarians. In addition, she manages the CPS Virtual Library, a district-wide digital library of over 9,000 titles. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps Qualified. In her spare time, she volunteers for several positions, including the ISTE Media Specialists (SIGMS) Executive Committee Member-at-Large, the ISTE Public Policy and Advocacy Executive Committee, and the AASL Best Apps for Curriculum Task Force. She is also the president of the ICE-CAP, the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Computing Educators.

All 30 Second Thought Leader Videos are available in the Archive

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