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As her thousands of Twitter followers can attest, Naomi Bates, school librarian at Northwest High School in Justin TX, is full of great ideas and wonderful resources, which she shares generously through daily posts. Naomi is a voracious reader and posts YA literature reviews on her blog, YA Books and More, where readers can find digital media resources and presentations, as well. Her nominator mentioned, “I teach a class to classroom teachers who are in a program to become certified as library media specialists, and nearly every week I am sharing something with them that Naomi has posted. I tell them that she is one of my idols in our profession.” In addition to her Twitter, Pinterest and GoodReads activity, Naomi is also a frequent poster to LM_Net, one of the original “social” tools for librarians looking to connect with professional colleagues globally.
Jane Martellino clearly inspires the librarians around her. An elementary school librarian in Connecticut, Jane’s programming ideas prompted a colleague to write: “[T]hrough her website, Twitter, and our state library organization’s email listserv, Jane generously shares ideas and resources that enrich the library programs for students statewide. Many of her shared programming ideas are geared toward community service and activism… Her ideas are cutting edge and involve the latest in STEAM programming as well.” Jane is also the founder of the Charter Oak Children’s Book Award, a statewide program now in its sixth year and designed to give readers in grades K through 3 their first experience reviewing and critiquing picture books and non-fiction titles. In addition, Jane created the annual Unconference for CASL called Share 2 Learn and this past year started a Loaner Program so members can try out STEAM materials.
Stacy Dillon’s sense of humor has garnered her quite a following on social media. “While I have never met Stacy in person,” writes her nominator, “ there is not a week that goes by that I don’t interact with something she has shared on social media or written for SLJ…. She also happens to be hilarious, imho.” Currently serving as an embedded lower-school librarian at an independent school in New York City, Stacy’s experiences as both a children’s and young adult public librarian helped hone her talent for creative programming. “Her library program is driven by student interest and engagement, which she effortlessly marries with digital, media and information literacy instruction that we value as professionals,” continues the nomination she inspired. Additionally, Stacy has shared her passion for kidlit through two blogs, first Booktopia, then Welcome to my Tweendom.
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Jen Habley is the AASL Manger of Web Communications. She manages the AASL websites, writes press releases, coordinates AASL’s online learning opportunities, and oversees AASL’s web 2.0 tools. When not working, Jen spends time researching her family tree, reading, and watching hockey.