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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September/October 2013 Issue

Q: “How do you keep your school library program evolving with all the changes occurring in the library and education fields?"

Jean Hellwege is recipient of the 2013 American Association of School Librarians’ Collaborative School Library Award, Jean Hellwege is beginning her eighth year as the school librarian at Scott Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her vision for the future continues to evolve based on best practices including collaboration, inquiry and project-based learning, building relationships with all who use the school library, and embracing change. With a master’s degree in instructional technology, she enjoys designing lessons that use cutting-edge technology to engage and empower the learner, while enhancing the learning. Mrs. Hellwege and her husband are avid scholastic and Olympic wrestling fans and plan to ride their bicycles in each of the 50 states by 2020.

Lauren Kniola is the school librarian at New Augusta Public Academy South Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The library media program at New Augusta South was recognized in 2013 with the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award from AASL and the Blue Ribbon for Exemplary School Media Programs by the Association for Indiana Media Educators in 2009. Lauren has also received the Pike Township Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, the Superintendent’s Above and Beyond Award in 2013 and 2006, and the IPL Golden Apple Award in 2006. 

Kay Wejrowski is the school librarian at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan. Swan Valley High School is the recipient of the 2013 AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award, the 2012 MAME Library Program of the Year Award, the 2011 Library of Michigan Citation of Excellence, and a 2012 Follett Challenge winner.

Jennifer Jamison is a certified school librarian with a master’s in Library Science from Rowan University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University and received her Elementary Education certificate from Rowan University. Mrs. Jamison is employed by the Atlantic City School District and has successfully renovated two school libraries within the district, and this past year built the successful school library program at Pennsylvania Avenue School servicing grades Prek-8.  Pennsylvania Avenue School was the recipient of the AASL 2013 National School Library Program of the Year award.  Presently, Jamison works at the Atlantic City High School as the school librarian and will continue to share her passion of the importance of school libraries with her school family.  

Joseph Landor is a second year library information specialist for Germanshire Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. He has a bachelor’s of science in speech, a master’s of arts in teaching, and a master’s of science in instruction and curriculum as a library information specialist. Presently he is working on transforming the library media center to meet the needs of all our school’s stakeholders.

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