I know that I shouldn’t, but as an independent school librarian, I sometimes feel rather removed from important work being done by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Though I have been a school librarian for more than 15 years, rarely have I ever had any real connection to a candidates running for office in ALA or AASL.
This year, however, it has come to my attention that Dorcas Hand, a school librarian from Texas, is running for President Elect of AASL. My relationship with Dorcas is one that has been fostered digitally, I cannot say with any actual certainty really, whether we have actually met in real life. LOL! A blog post I wrote on digital browsing came to her attention and she generously invited me to join a wonderful group of school librarians working on writing an article on content curation for Independent School magazine. In our work over the course of a summer, Dorcas guided us through the writing and editing process with grace and ease. Her deep insights on libraries and her passion for the work that school libraries everywhere are doing make Dorcas a wonderful choice to lead AASL.
When voting for the AASL elections in April, please consider Dorcas Hand for President Elect of AASL.
More information on the work that Dorcas and the work that she has been doing in service to school libraries is available here:
Campaign speech: http://www.strongschoollibraries.com/
Advocacy page for Houston Independent School District libraries: http://www.studentsneedlibrariesinhisd.org/
Texas Association of School Libraries Legislative Advocacy Committee blog: http://tasltalks.blogspot.com/
Thank you for your time and consideration!