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Shannon is most known for generous sharing of new and emerging technologies through her networking with librarians in social circles. She frequently contributes to the learning of librarians in her circles with authentic examples of technology, particularly as it pertains to use in a school library or collaborative project with teachers and students. Shannon has been a leader in the movement of infusing technology into libraries for as long as anyone can remember. She was named a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was a 2016 ISTE Making It Happen Recipient. Shannon is someone that lots of people learn from on a daily basis and is constantly highlighting new tech tools on her blog and on social media. She embodies the idea of willingness to share with others. Now in her role as Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson, Shannon is influencing even more librarians, educators and students around the world everyday.
Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang, an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, is serving a second term as AASL Chair for the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. Through her Twitter profile @actinginthelib, her website Tech Fifteen, and her YouTube channel, she exposes librarians and educators everywhere to new, innovative, and emerging technologies and library programming trends, most notably, technology and makerspaces. Through social media avenues she quickly and regularly disseminates new information, and her reputation and expertise make her a known “go-to” in the field. Heather is described as a social media warrior who is well-respected, knowledgeable, and relied upon for her assessment of the best and most useful tech available. She also chairs her faculty Technology Committee. She has dedicated her entire career to connecting school librarians with technology in meaningful ways, and shares that information generously on social media.
Krista Welz, recently named a 2017 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal, is media specialist at North Bergen High School, NJ, where she has revitalized the library with grants, service, and outstanding programming. That’s quite an accomplishment for a school librarian of just 3 years. Krista is a leader in her profession as well, serving the BELS School Library Consortium Executive Board and as Chairperson of the BELS Website Committee, and serving on the Mackin TYSL Advocacy Board. She is a cofounder of Edcamp Urban and is the creator and innovator of New Jersey’s #NJLibChat Twitter chat. She is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, providing webinars for AASL on topics including Google Apps for librarians and the power of PLNs, with more on the horizon. Her online networking, interactions, and frequent lively Twitter posts promote libraries and educational technology uses and integration in learning and instruction. Krista is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at New Jersey City University.
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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.