CHICAGO — Terri Kirk, school librarian at Reidland High School in Paducah, Ky., has been elected as the 2014-2015 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Kirk will serve as president-elect during 2013-2014 under AASL President Gail Dickinson.
Kirk is currently the co-chair of the AASL 2013 national conference committee, the Kentucky chapter councilor on the American Library Association (ALA) council and a member of the ALA nominating committee. Past leadership positions in AASL include the AASL Board of Directors as member-at-large and as the AASL division councilor. She also served as the preconference and best practices chair on the 2009 national conference committee, chair of the Affiliate Assembly and as a member of the research and statistics committee. Kirk has also been a member of several ALA committees and working groups, including the committee on committees, the literacy committee and the Campaign for America's Libraries.
On a local level, Kirk has served as president of both the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) and the Kentucky School Media Association (KSMA). She was named as “Outstanding School Librarian” by KSMA in 2001 and as “Teacher of the Year” by the McCracken County Education Association in 2002.
Upon learning of her election, Kirk stated: “I am so humbled and honored to have been elected president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians. As a building level person I know how challenging our profession is right now. I also know how vital we are to student achievement, not just for standardized testing, but for lifelong learning. We must share our stories and our successes to advocate for what is best for our students. I promise to be outspoken at every opportunity and I am going to ask for your help. Together we can accomplish anything!”
Full results for AASL elections can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/elections.
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.