AASL Social Media Superstar Finalists Announced!

Acknowledging the role social media plays in school library promotion, AASL has launched a new recognition program – Social Media Superstars. Nominated and endorsed by their peers, the program will recognize school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely via a variety of social media channels. After an open nomination period, the Social Media Recognition Task Force is proud to announce the following finalists in each category.

Through April 14, members of the school library community and the public are invited to post endorsements of their personal superstar by leaving a comment on each category’s post. After April 14, the Social Media Recognition Task Force will consider the endorsements and the original nominations and select an overall Superstar for each category. Superstars will be announced Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. Central.

Be sure to visit each of the seven hyperlinked category postings to read information about all the finalists and get links to their social media platforms. You will no doubt want to follow those you aren’t already!

We want to hear from you! Comment and share how these Superstar finalists have helped you improve and enhance your practice!

Sensational Student Voice

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to empower student voice.

Stony Evans

Andy Plemmons

Beth Redford

Advocacy Ambassador

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to advocate for strong school libraries for all students.

Michelle Cooper

Sara Kelly Johns

James Allen

Tech Troubadour

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to share technology expertise of benefit to school libraries and school librarians and their work.

Shannon Miller

Heather Moorefield-Lang

Krista Welz

Program Pioneer

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to promote exemplary school library programming.

Naomi Bates

Jane Martellino

Stacy Dillon

Curriculum Champion

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to share exemplary school library curriculum.

Cynthia Alaniz

Susie Highley

Michelle Luhtala

Leadership Luminary

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to empower leadership among school librarians.

Judi Moreillon

Joyce Valenza

Jonathan Werner

Social Justice Defender

Recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to promote social justice for students and the community.

Erika Long

Susan Polos

Liz Phipps Soeiro


The Task Force thanks all the nominators for their nominations. All the nominees were outstanding and all were seriously considered for these recognitions.

Social Media Recognition Task Force
Jane Lofton, Chair
Marifran DeMaine Cathy Jo Nelson
Liz Dodds Pam Harland, Board Liaison
Elissa Malespina Jen Habley, Staff Liaison

Author: Jen Habley

Jen Habley is the AASL Manger of Web Communications. She manages the AASL website, writes press releases, and oversees AASL’s web 2.0 tools. When not working Jen spends time researching her family tree, reading, and watching hockey.



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