AASL sponsors Victoria Goode, Carrie Turner in ALA Emerging Leaders program

Contact: Jonathan West

AASL Communications Manager


For Immediate Release,

January 2, 2007

AASL sponsors Victoria Goode, Carrie Turner in ALA Emerging Leaders program

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce it will sponsor Victoria Goode and Carrie Turner for the 2008 ALA Emerging Leaders program. Goode currently serves as a library media specialist at Londonderry School District in New Hampshire, and Turner is a high school library media specialist at the Westside Community Schools in Nebraska.

An LIS graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Goode began working at the Londonderry School District in 2005. She started working toward her certificate in program evaluation from Tufts University in the fall of 2007. Goode is a member of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee, the New England Education Media Association and the New Hampshire Education Media Association. "There is no better way to gain insight into this profession than to be able to network with other practitioners," she wrote in her application.

Turner received her master of science degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Before joining the Westside Community Schools, she worked three years as the K-12 library media specialist for Arlington (Neb.) Public Schools. Turner currently serves as secretary of the Nebraska Educational Media Association and is a member of the Eastern Library System board. She also is an instructor for the Library Technical Assistant Associate of Arts program offered cooperatively by six Nebraska community colleges.

"AASL, the profession and their schools are very fortunate to have such energetic and talented librarians working on our students' behalf," said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns. "I am proud AASL is able to help both Victoria and Carrie take their next steps toward leadership at all levels, and I look forward to working with them in the future."

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Each participant is expected to provide two years of service to ALA or one of its units. About 120 librarians will get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership in the 2008 program.

Goode and Turner each will receive $1,000 from AASL for travel expenses when they attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders, please visit:

The American Association of School Librarians,
http://www.aasl.org, 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.