November/December 2012 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 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 makes personal learning networks critical to professional development?

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is the lead librarian for New Hanover Schools and an Educator on Loan for the NC Department of Public Instruction. She is the Social Media Special Committee Chair for the North Carolina School Library Media Association and was a founding member of NCSLMA's Young Adult Book Award. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the "I Love My Librarian Award" by ALA, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. Jennifer is the author of the blog, The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don't have to be a superhero to teach middle school, but having a cape sure helps. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferLaGarde.

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 teacher-librarians.  She designs and delivers various grant and technology training programs for librarians. In addition, she manages the CPS Virtual Library, a district-wide digital library of over 9,000 titles. She 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 Taskforce. 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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