2017 ALA/AASL Elections – Independent Schools Section

You matter and your vote makes a difference. The 2017 ALA/AASL Election is quickly approaching, and it will only take a few moments of your time in the days leading up to the election to get connected with the candidates. AASL is using this public forum as an opportunity to introduce the candidates running for office. Each candidate was given the opportunity to respond to this question: If elected, what will you do to advance AASL’s new position statement on effective school library programs?

Be involved. Be informed. Be a voter. Read the candidates responses over the next few days, and get out your vote beginning March 13. It is important for all members of AASL to exercise the right to vote in ALA’s Spring election process.


ISS Chair-Elect Candidate

Anna Brannin

A school library program can only be effective if its librarian is equipped with the right tools and knowledge to best serve his or her students and school community. And because no two schools are exactly alike, it’s crucial to make sure there are resources available for all school librarians. I would like to see the Independent Schools Section (ISS) serve as one of those resources for independent school librarians. All librarians face challenges, and independent school librarians are no exception. While the types of challenges may differ, the need to serve students effectively is still the top priority. Through webinars, blog posts, and other channels, ISS can provide its members with current, relevant, and useful information to do this.

I am also a firm supporter of collaboration and would also like to encourage independent school librarians to reach out to their local public school librarians, public librarians, and academic librarians if they aren’t already. Not every library has access to every resource available; by working together and sharing resources, ideas and support, independent school librarians can help provide their own students and other local students with a variety of resources while serving an active role in their surrounding community.


Meet the Other AASL Candidates:

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Author: Leslie Preddy, Leadership Development Committee Chair and 2016-2017 AASL Past President



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