KASL Award Recipients

2017 KASL Vision Award, Brenda Lemon

“To recognize individuals in or out of the profession who has contributed to the vision of Kansas school library media centers.”

Brenda Lemon is the K-12 Library Media Specialist for the Chapman School District. She has developed an exceptional library program in her district that gives vision to other schools as to what a librarian can do. Brenda is a leader in technology and an expert on young adult novels. She is very involved with the Kansas Association for School Librarians (KASL) where she currently serves as treasurer.

She has been a presenter at the state and national level for both technology and literary topics. She trained our KASL Council on how to use Google Drive and trained others on Google Classroom. She has encouraged others to get Google certified like she is and to share this knowledge with the staff you serve. This past year she developed her own EdCamp and had many attend from not only her district but others around the state.

“Brenda Lemon is the kind of librarian who is not content to just do what is expected. She moves the library profession forward with her knowledge, ideas, and professional training.”                                                                                 -Marla Wigton-


2017 KASL President’s Distinguished Library Media Specialist Award, Amy Brownlee

“To recognize an individual working in a school district of the library media profession who has developed an outstanding library media program for his/her district, and has made an outstanding contribution to school librarianship and school library media development in Kansas.”

Amy is the K-12 library media specialist for USD 376 in Sterling, KS.

Amy has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a study trip to Africa, received the Beta Phi Mu Achievement Award from Emporia State University in 2002, and been a member of the William Allen White Children’s Book Award Selection Committee. Amy has presented numerous times at KASL Annual Conferences as well as at the SCKLS Summer Reading Workshop, KASL District IV Workshop, and KAMLE Symposium. She has written and received numerous grants to supplement her school library program. Amy has also had several articles published in the School Library Monthly.

Amy maintains an awesome Library Website where she posts pictures and projects that her students have completed. She has a Wiki page and she has created numerous links for her students to use.

“I admire Amy as a person and as a Library Media Specialist. She has worked very hard to create a model library program in a “one-lady” district library program. She is truly deserving to be awarded the KASL President’s Distinguished Library Media Specialist Award!”                                                                                                                                   -Linda Glaze-

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