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Stony Evans is a library media specialist at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is dedicated to helping students find their voices and provides them opportunities to share their learning with others through webinars, conferences and in person to teach teachers, teach each other, and understand the value of developing their own personal learning network. On a recent #TLchat webinar, several of his students impressed the audience of Teacher Librarians with their knowledge and poise. He has collaborated with a school 200 miles away, and connected students for a book club, virtual readouts for Banned Book Week, a virtual Maker “show and tell,” and more. Stony also has developed a student led book club. He shares on Twitter and his blog, and is a model of how to promote a library program and keep the focus on the students/teachers.
Andy Plemmons is the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA. His library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community. His students Skype with authors, guest speakers, and the developers of the tech tools that they use in class. He also collaborates with libraries around the country, and is co-organizer of an annual nationwide online read aloud, giving his own students and students from around the country a chance to interact and share. He is a master at empowering student voice. For example, he has his 2nd grade students nominate a favorite figure for a “Barrow Peace Prize” by recording their nominations on a Flipgrid that is then read and commented on by people from around the world. He shares on his library blog, Twitter, and Google+.
Beth Redford is the Teacher Librarian at Richmond Elementary School, in Richmond, Vermont. She is a regular on Twitter, with both personal and school accounts, and her library blog and Twitter feed include sensational library class happenings and student created book trailers. She even gets her Director of Curriculum, Communication, and Innovation involved! She has connected her students via online videos with students in China. She has also helped 2nd graders create blog posts about their animal research.
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Author: Jen Habley
Jen Habley is the AASL Manager 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.