Gayle Bogel named AASL's new KQ Web Editor

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

Communications Specialist

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2006

Gayle Bogel named AASL's new KQ Web Editor

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Gayle Bogel as the new Web Editor for
Knowledge Quest, AASL's association journal. Currently working as a Learning Resources and Technology Director at John Read Middle School, Redding, Conn., Bogel will be responsible for content of
KQ Web,the online companion to
Knowledge Quest.

KQ Web Editor w orks with authors and the other associate editors to develop Web content to enrich the print issue themes and educate the profession; writes a column for the print journal about new, existing and planned web-based content; and works with the editor-in-chief to identify and organize authors, editors, board members, and other volunteers for special Web projects, including theme discussions using technology (e.g., blogs, online communities and live chats) as these become available at ALA.

“Gayle brings a range of experience with K-12 students in schools and public libraries and a rich background in children's literature, professional development and technology to her new role as associate editor for
KQ Web,” said Debbie Abilock, editor-in-chief of
Knowledge Quest. “I am delighted to welcome her into the vibrant and collaborative group of board members, editors, authors and volunteers in our KQ community.”

Bogel is an experienced library media specialist and children's librarian, whose background includes web development and content editing as webmaster for both public and school libraries. She is the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to participate in the Distance Independent Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas. This highly competitive program was offered to only 10 school librarians nationally. Bogel's previous professional experience includes working as a media specialist at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Conn., and as assistant director/children's librarian at Easton Public Library. She has actively pursued the use of digital resources to extend the reach of library services, designing websites and Internet access guides for both school and public libraries.

Knowledge Quest and
KQ Web are a unique forum for school librarians,” said Boyle about her new appointment. “I am enthusiastic about the potential for linking research to practice and looking forward to participating in the development of the web format. I am also enormously pleased to be a part of the
KQ Web team.”

The American Association of School Librarians <;, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field.