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2018 School Librarian of the Year

The recent surprise staff meeting at Gardiner Area High School was a very big surprise to Debra Butterfield, Teacher-Librarian when it was announced that she had been awarded the Walter J. Taranko School Librarian of the Year.  This awarded is given each year by the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) to honor a school librarian who excels at the local, state and national level.  Debra butterfield epitomizes the qualifications for Librarian of the Year.  

In his nomination, Principal Chad Kempton spoke of Debra’s work with teacher on creating and developing research projects, her collaboration with the local library and her “Teen Read Week” and “Read to Me” programs.  The Read to Me connects high school and elementary school students using the love of reading.  Her work also goes beyond the walls of the library.  In his recommendation, Mr. Kempton noted “ Debra recruited, then supported high school students in a summer experience ….titled “the Human Element” a course in leadership, organization and the power of positive thinking.”   

Debra facilitates professional development activities with all library staff in the district as well as content specific teachers.  She models and instructs the use of current technology and available databases by hosting technology webinars. One student noted her unflappable persistence in assisting that student with a particularly difficult school assignment, expressing that Debra has become a mentor to her and other students.  She has a vision that goes beyond the boundaries of the library walls. 

Congratulations to Debra Butterfield, Maine’s School Librarian of the Year!

2018 School Administrator of the Year

The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) is pleased to announce that Kelli Crosby, Principal of the Benjamin Wentworth School in Scarborough, has been chosen to receive its Administrator of the Year Award.  This award is given to school administrators in Maine who exhibit exceptional support of the school library program. 

Kelli epitomizes a very supportive school administrator for school library programs.  Her classroom experience, technology knowledge, professional drive and energy are remarkable.  She makes a point of being on top of changes in the school library program with particular attention and knowledge of 21st Century Skills.  She is the rare school administrator who truly “walks the walk” for the school library media program. 

‚ÄčKelli was nominated by the Librarian, Barbara Merritt.  Barbara was presented with a Lifetime Membership in MASL to commemorate her dedication to the school library programs in Maine and to commemorate her activity in MASL.  

Congratulations to the Superstar Support Staff inducted into this year's MASL Hall of Excellence!

The School Library Journal recently published an article titled "It's Not Futile: Fighting Job Cuts" that highlights advocacy action steps recommended by Librarian Elissa Malespina. To read the article, click here.


The Future of School Libraries, Knowledge Quest, vol. 46 no. 4

The new AASL National Standards

With the arrival of the New National Standards AASL has unveiled a comprehensive collection of resources via the standards.aasl.org website. Watch videos, download infographics, and read about the frameworks, shared foundations, and common beliefs. AASL members can also access archived webinars through eCOLLAB about understanding and using the standards to improve instruction and leadership.

Problem Scoping: Design Thinking and Close Reading by Megan Blakemore, teacher librarian in South Portland Schools. 

"Problem scoping is an essential skill not only because it defines the parameters of the problem, but also because a clearly defined problem leads to new design ideas."

Access the full article via Minerva here. Mrs. Blakemore is a member of AASL and a board member at large for MASL. 

Maine Effective School Library Program Standards

To view, download or print the standards, visit: goo.gl/VUk8Ew

To Print Standards as Chapter XII for the Maine School Librarian Handbook, visit: goo.gl/fS59Ht

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