CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President, Gail Dickinson, has selected Marlene Woo-Lun as the recipient of the 2014 Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.
For thirty years, Marlene Woo-Lun has been involved in publishing materials to assist building level school librarians build strong school library programs. She has provided direct professional growth through magazines and books, first at Linworth Publishers, and now at ABC-CLIO, the publisher of Library Media Connection.
“Many noted authors and thought leaders in the school library field trace their first successes to Marlene and her dedication to valuing the contributions of school library professionals,” explains Dickinson. “She has directly supported professional development through workshops, publishing, and managing publications in print and virtual format, but she has also indirectly supported professional development through giveaways at state and district conferences.”
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.