CHICAGO — Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), was recognized with an outstanding achievement award by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) during its 2012 annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Nominated by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Walker was recognized for her exceptional work in the field of online safety.
The Family Online Safety Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advancing the goal of a safer Internet. Walker was recognized for her role as a leading advocate of information literacy and for educating students to be smart, safe users of information. During her continuing tenure as executive director of AASL, the association implemented several campaigns aimed at helping students learn to be safe and effective participants in a digital, information-rich world. Two of these campaigns include the national implementation of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines, Learning4Life, and Banned Websites Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.
“In her roles as executive director of AASL and as past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Julie Walker has been a wonderful advocate for the smart, safe, and effective use of technology for learning,” said Frank Gallagher, executive director of Cable in the Classroom, the national education foundation of the U.S. cable industry working in partnership with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. “At a time when many were afraid of the Internet and social networking, Julie and AASL were among the leaders in recognizing the way new technologies could provide access to vast troves of information if we are equipped with the skills to find, sort, evaluate, and manage the results. By advocating for information literacy education instead of blocking and restricting access, Julie and AASL are helping today's kids become tomorrow's thoughtful and informed leaders.”
The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization that works to make the online world safer for children and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.
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.