Melody Townley selected as AASL Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/15/2016


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Jennifer Habley


CHICAGO – Melody Townley has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Townley and Denise Tabscott will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Townley, of Carteret, N.J., earned her master’s in library and information science from Rutgers University in 2013. She holds a double specialization in school media and in youth, information and digital media. She is also a state-certified school librarian through the New Jersey Department of Education. Since 2013, Townley has worked as the school librarian for Woodbridge Township School District where she oversees three schools. Along with recently undertaking the creation of a new high school makerspace, Townley serves as liaison to several school clubs, works extensively with the special education department, and serves as the secretary for the PTA board.

"I strove to become an Emerging Leader because I wanted to serve my profession on a broader scale than I could ever have reached alone,” explains Townley. “Conversely, I wanted to have this experience to learn and grow as a professional. Doing so, I could then bring those skills back home to my very diverse student population. Students today live in a digital age and are all too familiar with Google and basic internet browsing. I would like to help students understand that there is so much more to research than Google and so much more that a librarian can do than just assist with research."

Following the kickoff session, the Emerging Leaders will collaborate with their peers in an online learning and networking environment. Their work culminates with a poster session during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. With its sponsorship of Townley and Tabscott, AASL will defray the cost of attending both the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

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