Review all of the 2018 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalists here.
Dulce Gonzalez is school librarian at Wilson Elementary School who who has embraced social media to share her students’ work and highlight what is happening in her library. From coding to design challenges to real-world problem solving, she uses Twitter to put her students’ creations out into the world. She believes the school library is an integral part of each child’s education. Librarians are not only checking out books, today’s librarians also integrate creativity and hands on experiences to their library programs. It is her duty to be the voice of the students and show what they are creating and inventing. @DGonzalezSHSU
Chelsea Sims is a teacher-librarian at South East Junior High School in Iowa City, Iowa. She believes the best way to advocate for strong school libraries is to show how students are growing because of their school libraries. Whether that growth comes from creativity and collaboration in the makerspace, critical thinking throughout the research process, or through reading, our libraries are about one thing: students. Nominator Mike Keller-Wilson says, “she uses social media to highlight student creations, student initiatives, and the perspectives of students of diverse backgrounds. Her work on social media consistently displays students’ creations in the makerspace, whether they are LEGOs, 3D printed designs, cardboard creations, coding projects, or anything that students have put time and effort into.” Chelsea uses her library Twitter and Instagram to amplify the work of students. Says nominator Kaitlyn Berwald, “If someone else’s voice isn’t being heard she will help them speak out. If students do something awesome she will write a post online about what they made.”