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Melissa Carlson, Director, District III Slideshow
District III was at the Santa Fe 5/6 Center Library
Carmine Ternes takes a look at the Makerspace Exploration material
Amy Brownlee, Sterling, provided makerspace material for people to examine.
Rachel Yoder and Rhonda Unruh
WAW Presentation from Bev Buller
Amber Ovsak works on Break-out Edu
KASL sends delegates to Affiliate Assembly for the Midwinter meeting and ALA Annual in June. Pictured are members of Region 9 who attended ALA Midwinter in Atlanta: Jennisen Lucas and Connie Hollin (Wyoming delegates); Ken Stewart, Intellectual Freedom Contact; Ann Schuster, Regional Director; Marla Wigton, Kansas delegate; Betty Meyer, Nebraska delegate; Martha House, Kansas delegate and Regional Representative
Joyce Valenza’s excellent presentation on the Library Innovator’s Mindset is worth pondering. I really liked her Characteristics of a Transformative Leader infographic.
I am always excited about School Library Month in April and the graphic this year is right down my alley. Save your snaps of cool stuff happening in your library for our own KS Celebration.
Seriously, the person who designs ALA’s graphics knows what she is about.
Atlanta was so beautiful.
Post by Martha House
Nancy McFarlin, Past President; Marla Wigton, President; Martha House, President-Elect
KASL sends the President and President-Elect to ALA Midwinter every January to participate in AASL Affiliate Assembly. This year Midwinter was in Atlanta, Georgia, and Marla and I were lucky enough to have Nancy come along (on her own dime) and room with us! She also came to several meetings that she did not have to attend, and we picked her brain a lot.
The Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL) gives a Vision Award only when a worthy candidate is nominated by Council, the working body of the organization, and approved by the Executive Committee. The award exists to recognize individuals in or out of the profession who have contributed to the vision of Kansas school library media centers and is arguably KASL’s highest honor.
This year, the Vision Award goes to Gwen Lehman.
Gwen served as President of KASL in 2012-13. Before that, she served as an integral member of the Technology Committee. She very quietly and efficiently brought the organization forward technologically by setting officers up with gmail accounts and nudging people to use the apps that come along with those accounts to conduct KASL business, a system we still use and appreciate today.
Gwen has re-invented herself to provide the services that her district needs and is now Technology Integration Specialist for Fort Larned Unified School District, but she continues to promote the value of school libraries as well as technology integration. Whenever Gwen speaks up on KASL’s email list, her comments are insightful and valuable.
Gwen is not a self-promoter, but her value is evident in the service she provides and the quality of her work. KASL has greatly benefited from her involvement and leadership.
Jane has been in education for 37 years and a school librarian for over 25 years. She reports to three different administrators as she is responsible for the library needs of the High School, Junior High School, and Elementary School in the Norton School District.
Jane has been a member of KASL since moving to Kansas 20 years ago. She has been active in the organization in a leadership role, serving as Assistant Director, District Director and hosting District VI workshop twice. She has been a presenter at the KASL State Conference and attends almost every year.
Jane has shared numerous ideas, lesson plans, bulletin board ideas, and book suggestions, all in the name of promoting a solid library program.
Jane Burton has truly made a difference in the lives of many children, through the library and books!