November/December 2011 Issue

Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community, a new 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: What one traditional activity should school librarians stop doing in order to increase time for strategic activities (collaboration, co-teaching, professional development, advocacy)?

Carl A. Harvey II
Carl A. Harvey II is the school librarian at North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana. He is the 2011-2012 President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). In AASL, he has also served as chair of the Affiliate Assembly, co-chair for the 2007 National Conference in Reno, NV, and a Member-At-Large on the AASL Board of Directors. Carl is also a past-president of the Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME) and the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).  The library media program at North Elementary School has been recognized with the Blue Ribbon for Exemplary School Media Programs by the Association for Indiana Media Educators (2005) and the prestigious National School Library Media Program of the Year Award (2007) from AASL.
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Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin is an educational specialist in Library Information Service 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 (2005). 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.

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Audrey P. Church
Audrey Church is an Associate Professor of School Library Media at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She is the author of Leverage Your Library Program to Help Raise Test Scores (Linworth, 2003), “The Instructional Role of Library Media Specialists as Perceived by Elementary School Principals” (SLMR, 2008), and “Secondary School Principals’ Perceptions of the School Librarian’s Instructional Role” (SLMR, 2010). She currently serves as the Educators of School Librarians Section representative to the AASL Board of Directors.
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Gail Dickinson
Dr. Gail Dickinson is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction at the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. She is a program reviewer and serves on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She has also published extensively on National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification for school library media. Gail currently serves as chair of the National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) committee for AASL and is a member of the NCATE coordinating and bylaws committees. She is also the author of several books, including Achieving National Board certification for school library media specialists: A study guide (2005), Empty pockets and full plates: Effective budget administration for school library media specialists (2004), and Portfolios in the school library media program (2003).
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Helen Adams
A former school librarian and technology coordinator in Wisconsin, Helen Adams is currently an online instructor for Mansfield University, serves as chair of the AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee, and is a trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is coauthor of Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries (Libraries Unlimited 2005) and author of Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program (Libraries Unlimited 2008).
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