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Cynthia Alaniz, elementary librarian, at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in Coppell ISD, in Texas, is a shining example of what a school librarian can be! She participates in #txlchat Twitter chats, shares books that she reads across several social media platforms, including Facebook, and encourages participation in various conferences and special literacy celebrations. Her presence on social media highlights all the wonderful things librarians are doing in school librarians all across the world! Cynthia reads and shares children’s/MG/YA titles. Cynthia writes frequently and enthusiastically on Twitter and also very thoughtfully and inspiringly on her blog. Her lists on Goodreads are extensive and useful.
According to the nomination statement for Susie Highley, she “is the epitome of a “Curriculum Champion” and a “Social Media Superstar” at Creston Middle School and Creston Intermediate Academy in Indiana. Susie shares professional development opportunities via Twitter, by maintaining a professional development calendar and a Diigo page for the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), and by frequently posting to the AISLE email list. Susie keeps others informed about upcoming webinars, Twitter chats, Voxer groups, EdCamps and unconferences, and more. Susie has been a committee member for AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (2016-2017) and served on the Indiana Department of Education’s Advisory Committee for the Hoosier Family of Readers program. She currently serves as President (2016-2017) of the Indiana Middle Level Education Association. Susie’s involvement in these other areas allows her…to learn from a wide range of people: What Susie takes away from one group, she shares with her followers from other groups.”
Michelle Luhtala is the department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut, which won AASL’s National School Library Program of the Year in 2010. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2015, and won the New York Times I Love My School Librarian award in 2012. Since 2010, Michelle has facilitated edWeb.net’s flagship professional learning community, now over 11,000 members strong, where she facilitates monthly webinars. Michelle served on the AASL Board of Directors from 2011 through 2015, and the Connecticut Digital Library eResource Advisory Task Force since 2009. In 2017, Michelle will teach pre-service courses at Rutgers University and Southern Connecticut State University. She is a contributing author to Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. According to her nomination statement, “Michelle does an outstanding job of both creating and disseminating innovative and meaningful curriculum through her monthly edWeb.net/emergingtech webinars, Twitter, and her blog, Bibliotech.me. Her resources are valuable for the entire school library community on a national scale.”
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