Thought leaders examine school libraries and the whole child in new AASL podcasts

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/18/2012


Jennifer R Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

800-545-2433 ext.4383

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents the newest set of podcasts in its 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The just released 30 Second series focuses on the May/June Knowledge Quest issue, “Caring is Essential,” and explores the question, “How do school library programs contribute to the development of the Whole Child?

Those offering their insight include:

  • Sean Slade, director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD.
  • Jami Jones, associate professor in the department of library science east at East Carolina University.
  • Kafi Kumasi, assistant professor for the school of library and information science at Wayne State University.
  • Olga Nesi, library coordinator for the New York City School Library System.

30 Second Thought Leadership features school librarian experts delivering brief and practical advice based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. Questions, current videos and thought leader bios can be viewed at

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines.  Visit Knowledge Quest online at

The American Association of School Librarians,, 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.