Review all of the 2018 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalists here.
Denise Brewer may be better known online as Travis Librarian. As a middle school librarian, she regularly shares the excitement of BreakoutEDU participants and her student library volunteers with her followers on Twitter. Denise’s nominator highlighted her use of the collaborative activity by noting, “[s]he has completely turned around her library with BreakoutEdu.” Denise uses Google Forms for a variety of purposes, from managing student attendance in the library to soliciting title requests from students and teachers with a “Wish List” posted on the library’s website. Several digital resources compliment the library’s physical collection, which makes its appearance online with students in a series of “library shelfies.” Working within tight financial constraints, Denise Brewer uses all available resources to make her library an inspiring place in her school community. @TravisLibrarian
Library Media Specialist Tressie Fowler sits at the helm of a dynamic library program at Danville High School (Danville, AR). Whether it is hosting Manga Monday, putting the 3D printer through its paces, or providing morning drinks and treats through its coffee bar, the Danville High School library is a hub of activity. Tressie and the library plays an important role in integrating curriculum with many of the classes at this 7-12 high school. The makerspace room within the library is stocked with all types of technology devices including various microcomputers, robots, and electronic gadgets, that students who have an interest in materials they may not be able to purchase, can use and create projects with. All of the excitement and activity is shared through the library’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, which are managed by Tressie.
Nikki is a veteran educator, school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President Elect. Nikki is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. Nikki is the co founder of the first EdCamp Atlanta and has also collaborated in the creation of and moderation of national and global professional development opportunities designed specifically for the unique needs of school librarians, including #TLChat LIVE! Twitter Chat Sessions, and TL News Night. Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning has recently been published. Nikki is also the recipient of several honors, including an ASLA Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award and the AASL Bound to Stay Bound Grant.