We all love Carol Simpson. Below, Carl Harvey reflects on the many things she has done for the profession. Carl speaks for all of us when he says “Thank you, Carol Simpson!”
I hope you will all indulge me a little bit, as I’d like to take a few moments to say thank you to Carol Simpson. I’m not really sure 600 words will be quite enough, but I’m going to do my best.
The May 2017 copyright column will be Carol’s last regular contribution to School Library Connection. For over twenty years in SLC and Library Media Connection magazines, her column has been the gold standard for copyright advice for school librarians all over this country. I know I personally have relied on her column for advice and counsel as I worked with the students and teachers in my building.
Carol has taken a very complex topic of copyright and translated it for school librarians. Her Copyright for Schools book—now in its 5th edition—and her many other copyright titles are classics that should be (if they aren’t already) on every school librarian’s professional shelf. Her work in copyright took her to the law profession where she has continued to be a voice about education and copyright.
But, beyond her copyright work, her many years working with Linworth Publishing and Library Media Connection led to many voices being published, many for the first time, sharing the successes and stories from school libraries. As editor of LMC (and its predecessors), Carol provided a forum for sharing and learning from each other. Marlene Woo-Lun, publisher of LMC said, “Throughout those critical years of change when libraries and schools were first struggling with how technology fit into education, Carol made profound contributions to the school library profession.”
Terry Young, SLC advisory board member and longtime Linworth advisory member said, “Carol’s insights into the profession went beyond the norm. She pushed the envelope to provide a platform for everyone with a voice to be heard.” Carol always went above and beyond. She worked tirelessly for school libraries in her own school library, in her classroom at the university, at Linworth Publishing, and at her law firm.
There are many school librarians today who are indebted to Carol for publishing their stories. I’m one of them, and there are so many more just like me. Over the years, I’ve been honored to call Carol a friend as well. When we started School Library Connection, I wanted her column in my topic center because I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that every month she’d bring top quality resources and support to school librarians, and it’s been my pleasure and joy to work with her these last two years (and many before that).
I know for many years to come people will still be reading her columns. You can search SLC online to read many of the pearls of wisdom Carol has shared. I know just last week I was searching for copyright information when it came to creating book trailers and there it was. There are countless examples just like that facing school librarians every day. We’ll look forward to reading other articles Carol may write in the years to come.
So, Thank You, Carol Simpson!
Thank you for being an amazing leader for our field in the areas of copyright and publishing!
Thank you for all the time and energy you’ve devoted (and will continue to devote) to the field of school librarianship.
Thank you for all you’ve shared to make school librarians more informed and better prepared to do their job on a daily basis.
Carl A. Harvey II, MS, is instructor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Harvey received his master’s degree from Indiana University and is the author of six books, most recently The 21st-Century Elementary School Library Program: Managing For Results, 2nd Edition. He is a past-president of the American Association of School Librarians, and his school has been the recipient of the National School Library Program of the Year.