AASL Social Media Superstars: Leadership Luminary Finalists

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Judi Moreillon

Dr. Judi Moreillon is a mentor and advocate for school librarians nationwide. She writes the Building a Culture of Collaboration blog and shares on Twitter and inspires all of us to be leaders in our own libraries. She has served as a school librarian at every instructional level including district-level librarian mentor. Judi taught preservice school librarians for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University. Her postings, presentations, and publications cover the entire range of topics of interest to our field, with her goal to support the professional development of preservice and practicing school librarian leaders.

Building a Culture of Collaboration  |  @CactusWoman

Joyce Valenza

Currently influencing pre-service librarians as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Joyce Valenza spent 25 joyful years as a school librarian. Her virtual library, launched in 1996, served as a model for countless other efforts. Joyce has mentored, inspired and guided generations of school librarians and educators to become innovative leaders and reinvent practice and generously shares her journey in her blog (since 2005), and through her manifesto, her books, research, wikis, tweets, presentations and curation efforts. Committed to building our online community of practice, Joyce initiated the #tlchat hashtag, the AASL Unconf and was a mother of TL Virtual Café and our ISTE SIG. Joyce has served on a multitude of AASL and ALA committees including Best Apps for Teaching and Learning and the Future Ready Librarians team. Joyce was selected as one of Technology and Learning’s 100@30 and won an Edublogs Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Neverending Search blog  |  @joycevalenza  |  Google+

Jonathan Werner

Jonathan Werner is the Library & Instructional Tech Specialist at Cape Elizabeth Schools in Maine. He manages the weekly #1to1techat Twitter chat to the delight of educators, including librarians, from around the country. He is the president of the ISTE Librarians network and serves as a leader for school librarians who want to be involved in ISTE and other technology initiatives. He is a member of the Future Ready Librarians advisory committee and tweets from both personal and library accounts.

@MaineSchoolTech  |  Cape Elizabeth Schools LLC |  @Cape_LLC

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  1. Joyce Valenza has been an inspirational example for innovation, information ethics and her unflagging efforts to demonstrate just how relevant libraries and librarians are in our world. She rules!!!

  2. Joyce Valenza gives tirelessly of herself as a library advocate. Joyce is inclusive, intelligent, articulate. She represents the best in our profession.

  3. YES! Joyce Valenza the true advocation of school library and librarian.

  4. I know so many people wonder if these superstars ever sleep, but I truly do wonder that about Joyce Valenza. She is a visionary who is always leading the charge for librarians to consider how to take their programs to the next levels for the benefit of all library members. She’s always seems to have the pulse on what’s next for libraries and takes time to share her voice with the world through her blog, webinars, and numerous conference presentations around the globe. Joyce is willing to jump into the most difficult of challenges and wrestle with a dilemma to seek solutions that are best for libraries and their members. She is an advocate and a leader that inspires me always.

  5. Dr. Judi Moreillon is a mentor and advocate for school librarians nationwide along with all the other accolades mentioned in her bio above. I would be remiss if I did not mention the work she has done as a author, particularly with her book “Read To Me” I worked with her previously at Star Bright Books, publisher, to share this sweet book on Social Media. From the Amazon description of the book: “With a gentle rhyme, Read to Me introduces parents and caretakers to the importance of reading aloud to children. Reading aloud to children helps them to develop the early literacy skills necessary to succeed in school. Success in school helps children to succeed in life. Share the joy of reading with others with Read to Me, a board book filled with heartwarming illustrations featuring diverse families sharing books.” Judi, is a wonderful lady and truly cares that our most vulnerable, receive every opportunity to learn to read, as well that we must share with parents that reading will take their children farther in learning then anything else will ever do! Thomas Edison said it well, ” Never stop learning. Read the entire panorama of literature.”

  6. Joyce Valenza is that rare person who takes the spotlight that shines on her for her brilliant work and deflects it to shine on others in her community. She cares a great deal about the others in her profession, and is always on the lookout for a “rising star” whom she can mentor. Her body of work is without peer. I recently had the opportunity to meet with a superintendent and her staff to opine on what a great librarian should be; I quoted or referenced Joyce’s work 8 times, until the superintendent finally asked “Does Joyce visit schools?”

  7. So proud of Judi Moreillon, my cousin, mentor and friend. Not only she she an advocate for school librarians but also a gifted writer. I couldn’t be more proud of her.

  8. Judi Moreillon and I were colleagues when she taught at Texas Woman’s University – in fact, we began there on the very same day. She integrated social media into all of the courses she taught, and invited graduate students to follow Facebook posts and Twitter feeds from state and national conferences. Students then discussed their learning from social media. Students in her courses also posted regularly to Twitter lists and sought feedback on their projects through social media. Judi’s goal was for preservice school (and public) librarians to further develop their personal learning networks and to capitalize on the power of social media for professional development.

    However, these are all factual statements, and cannot begin to cover the most important part of what it is that she has done: infuse students with the joy of discovery, so that they forevermore are adventurers, enhancing their own careers with ever-new discoveries.

    Carol Perryman, Assistant Professor, TWU

  9. Joyce Valenza is the epitome of a techbrarian who is a leader of the information and technology age.

  10. Judi Moreillon began the Building a Culture of Collaboration blog in 2012. At that time, Judi invited three other university faculty to collaborate with her. Each of us posted once a week. Later, we determined monthly themes to further our collaboration.

    Our goal was to provide a resource with multiple voices for our preservice school librarian graduate students as well as for a larger school librarian readership.

    I participated on the blog for four years. Judi has continued to use the blog to share “research and musings, news and views, and prompt lively conversations regarding collaboration between school librarians, classroom teachers, specialists, school administrators, and others involved in improving 21st-century literacy learning for children and youth.”

    From my perspective, the blog continues to inspire school librarians toward leadership and a flexible mindset to navigate the ever shifting paradigm in education today..

    Judy Kaplan, Library Educator, School Library Media Studies Sequence, a concentration strand within the University of Vermont M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Program

  11. Judi Moreillon is a staunch library advocate and leader. She tirelessly shares her knowledge with librarians across the state of Texas and the nation. She is most deserving of this award!

  12. I met Jonathan Werner in Graduate School. Since then he is an inspiration in all aspects of running a successful library. He presents at conferences to share his knowledge. I follow him on Twitter to stay current on library trends.

  13. Ever heard the label “Rock Star Librarian?” Joyce Valenza is the quintessential rock star. Fellow librarians love and admire her from afar. We hungrily read, view or listen to her sage advice (offered in various formats, of course), and we eagerly look forward to the next big “hit” she will have. Like a rock star, her fans want to be her, or be just like her. Her voice shapes professional practice through her writing, teaching, and mentorship of us all. What makes Joyce an even bigger star is that she sees the entire library landscape and can envision where, why and how librarians can move forward in this landscape.

    Talented and confident rock stars love to collaborate with others. Joyce is the ultimate collaborator. Joyce wants everyone to be part of her “band” because she truly values the beauty of multiple voices. She shares everything – her curated treasures, her expertise, her time, and, her fame! Perhaps the most humble among the echelon of the ultra talented, Joyce continually recognizes the expertise in others, including her blossoming graduate students.

    Like those rock stars who skillfully reinvent themselves, Joyce has always focused on what librarians can do not just to remain relevant, but to grow and excel as educators. She continues to shepherd us through the continual changes of modern librarianship with an eye to what’s next. And, like our favorite rock stars, Joyce Valenza has captured a place in the Library Hall of Fame – and in our hearts.

  14. For Judi Moreillon, silence is not an option. Her blog, “Building a Culture of Collaboration,” advocates for respect and literacy for all. I have learned so much about the work of others from Judi. That’s what strike me most – the way she shines light on the work that others do and not on her own work, which is clearly the critical work of connecting us all and showing us how much we can be inspired by and learn from each other. Judi quoted Lao Tzu in one of her blog entries, “A leader is best when people barely know he (she) exists. When his (her) work is done, his (her) aim fulfilled, they will say, we did it ourselves.” Judi is a luminous leader, the best kind of leader who empowers many others to lead as well.

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