AASL sponsors Panter, Patin in Emerging Leaders program

Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

October 14, 2008

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor Suzanna Panter and Beth Patin for the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

Panter graduated in 2006 from Old Dominion University with an MA in Library Media K–12. She is currently Library Information Specialist at Dumbarton Elementary School in Henrico, Va. Her passion is the ELL students she serves. In her application she says, "I will use the connections I make during the Emerging Leaders Program to research how other libraries support their ELL populations. I want to give back to a job I love and hope to inspire others to join ALA or other national organizations."

Patin earned an MLIS in 2004 from Louisiana State University. She is currently Head Librarian at Holy Cross School for Boys in New Orleans. Her goal is to become an educator of librarians. In her application she says, "From elementary to graduate school, I have been blessed with positive role models that have helped me work to accomplish my goals. This is the type of person that I would like to be: someone who inspires others to reach their goals."

AASL president Ann Martin commented on Panter and Patin's contribution to the association. "AASL is fortunate to sponsor these two incredibly talented school library media specialists as Emerging Leaders. Their participation in projects that are a part of the AASL strategic plan will benefit members and school library media programs. I enthusiastically welcome Suzanna Panter and Beth Patin as they serve in a leadership capacity. Their participation as emerging leaders is essential to the future of AASL and our profession."

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.

Panter and Patin will each receive $1,000 from AASL for travel expenses when they attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in 2009.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders, please visit:

The American Association of School Librarians,
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.