School Library Connection
School Library Connection (SLC) is a magazine and an extensive online learning resource center for school library professionals. As the combined evolution of School Library Monthly and Library Media Connection magazines, SLC maintains their commitment to providing those in the school library field with practical insights and inspiration while also advancing the scope and mission of its predecessors with the incorporation of self-paced professional learning videos and other multimedia resources. SLC is helmed by a trio of instructional leaders in school librarianship—Carl A. Harvey II, Rebecca J. Morris, and Leslie Preddy—who each edit the writings and resources appearing in one of three departments: Organization & Management, Instructional Leadership, and Library in Context.
reVIEWS+ is a powerful search engine built to instantly connect school librarians and educators with the reviews and resources needed to build and refine their collections. Reviewers add hundreds of product reviews each month, while learning plans and other guiding pieces tie reviews to curricula, offering a wealth of practical information and ideas. With content meticulously curated by library leaders Sylvia Vardell (Collections Editor) and Liz Deskins (Curriculum Editor), reVIEWS+ functions in conjunction with SLC to serve as a multifaceted tool for professional development, curricular support, and career growth.
School Library Connection Editors
Carl A. Harvey II, MS
Instructor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Harvey received his master’s degree from Indiana University and is the author of five books, most recently Leading the Common Core Initiative: A Guide for K-5 School Librarians (with coauthor Linda Mills). 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. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @caharvey2
Rebecca J. Morris, MLIS, PhD
Adjunct professor of LIS at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and kindergarten education from Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Morris has a background as an elementary classroom teacher and middle school librarian. She teaches graduate courses in school library curriculum and management, children’s materials and services, and digital media production. Her research interests include educational preparation of school librarians and digital storytelling. Morris is an active member of AASL and the author of School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders. Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @rebeccajm87
Leslie B. Preddy, MS
School librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, IN since 1992, and has served as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University, and IUPUI. She has presented webinars and is a frequent speaker and consultant at education conferences and events. She has published many articles in professional journals, co-created online resources for educators, and is the author of SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project, Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century, and School Library Makerspaces. Preddy is a recipient of many awards including AASL’s Collaborative School Library Media Award and Perry Township Schools Teacher of the Year. She is a past president of both the American Association of School Librarians and the Association of Indiana School Library Educators. Preddy is a recent recipient of two grants for her school library makerspace from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @lesliepreddy
Liz Deskins, MA
Teacher-librarian at Hilliard Bradley High School in Hilliard, Ohio. She earned her master’s degree from Ohio State University and is co-author of the book Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore. She has served in leadership roles within the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and sat on the task force that created the AASL Top Websites for Teaching and Learning awards. Deskins currently serves as president of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). She has been a school librarian for more than 25 years, teaching and learning at elementary and high school levels.
Sylvia Vardell, PhD
Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University and teaches courses in literature for children and young adults. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 published articles, more than 25 book chapters, and given more than 150 presentations at national and international conferences. She is the author of Children’s Literature in Action: A Librarian’s Guide, Poetry Aloud Here!, The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists, Poetry People, co-edits The Poetry Friday Anthology series (with Janet Wong) and maintains the PoetryForChildren blog and poetry column for ALA’s Book Links magazine.
Steven M. Baule, MLS, EdD, PhD
Superintendent of schools for Muncie Community Schools, Muncie, IN. He received his master’s degree in library science from the University of Iowa and his doctorates from Northern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago. Baule has served for nearly twenty years in educational leadership positions in Illinois school districts, and he has taught at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He is a nationally recognized expert in the integration of technology into teaching and learning and the author of numerous books and articles. You can follow his blog at stevenbaule.blogspot.com or check out his consulting page at http://stevenbaule.net/
Tasha Bergson-Michelson, MA, MLIS
Instructional and Programming Librarian for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA. Since 1995, she has been exploring what makes for successful information literacy instruction in corporate, non-profit, subscription, and school libraries, and through after-school programs and summer camps. Most recently, Bergson-Michelson was the Search Educator at Google, where she wrote an extensive series of Search Education lesson plans, the Power Searching MOOCs, and—most importantly—collaborated with other librarians around the world to explore the most effective ways of teaching research skills. She was designated a 2014 Mover & Shaker-Tech Leader by Library Journal.
Maria Cahill, MLIS, PhD
Assistant professor at the University of Kentucky in both the School of Information Science and the Department of Education. She received her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and her doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee. She is author of numerous papers in such journals as Knowledge Quest, School Libraries Worldwide, and School Library Research and has served in numerous professional leadership positions, including on the Educators of School Librarians Section of the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association’s Literacy and Outreach Services Committee.
Sabrina Carnesi, MEd
National Board Certified Solo Librarian at Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, Virginia. She continues to actively pursue the branding of her school library as one reflective of the emerging technological trends and advancements used by today’s net savvy student, teacher, and principal learner, resulting in the sustaining of an online presence with her library’s website (http://mariehollandlibrary.edublogs.org/) which includes library resource guides. Her book reviews and articles are frequently published in professional literature for educators and school librarians. She is currently a NxtWave Doctoral Scholar for School Library Leadership at Old Dominion University, and an active member of the Virginia and American Association for School Librarians, Library Services for Youth in Custody’s In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, the Ethnic & Multicultural Informational Roundtable, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Audrey Church, PhD
Professor of school librarianship at Longwood University, Farmville, VA. She received her doctoral degree from the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Audrey has been a school librarian at the primary and high school levels and currently serves as president of the American Association of School Librarians. Her most recent book is Tapping into the Skills of the 21st-Century School Librarian: A Concise Handbook for Administrators (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). Audrey tweets @churchap3.
Sharon Coatney, MLS, MS
Senior acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited. She was a teacher and school librarian in Kansas for 30 years, is a past president of both the Kansas Association of School Librarians and the American Association of School Librarians, was co-chair of the School Library Media Standards Committee for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and was a councilor-at-large of the American Library Association for several years. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Librarians and has published numerous articles and presented widely on leadership and the instructional role of the school librarian. Coatney is the editor of The Many Faces of School Library Leadership and co-editor with Vi Harada of Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning.
Jeffrey DiScala, PhD
Assistant professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. He earned his master’s and doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is co-principal investigator for The Lilead Project, a research and professional development program for school library leaders. His research interests include education, technology, and information policies in education and professional development for school librarians and classroom teachers. He has co-authored numbers articles in publications such as Library Quarterly, School Library Research, School Libraries Worldwide, and Knowledge Quest.
Nancy Everhart, PhD
Professor, School of Information, at Florida State University. She earned a master’s in educational media from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in library science from Florida State University. Everhart is the primary investigator for the IMLS-funded Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services), enabling librarians to better serve patrons on the autism spectrum. She is a past president of AASL, current co-chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revision committee, and in 2012 received the School Librarianship Award from the International Association of School Librarianship. Everhart is also the author of over 100 publications.
Paige Jaeger, MLIS
Prolific author and prominent educational consultant, delivering professional development at the local, state, and national levels on inquiry-based learning, the CCSS, and the C3 framework. Jaeger earned her master’s in library science from Long Island University, Post. Formerly, she was a library administrator serving 84 school libraries in New York.
Debra Kay Logan, MLS
Librarian/media specialist at Mount Gilead Middle High School in Mount Gilead, Ohio. She is a past chair of the AASL Advocacy Committee and is serving her ninth year chairing/co-chairing Advocacy for OELMA. She gives presentations on a number of subjects, including advocacy. You can email her at email@example.com.
Peggy Milam Creighton, PhD
School library consultant, author, book reviewer, and speaker, and a former elementary school librarian with the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia. She served on the advisory board for Library Media Connection and is currently chair of the AASL Common Core Integration Task Force. Peggy is the recipient of the 2011 GA DOE Exemplary Media Program. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judi Moreillon, MLS, PhD
Author, literacy and libraries consultant, and an unwavering advocate for instructional partnerships. Moreillon received her doctorate from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels. She taught graduate students in library science for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She is the author, most recently, of Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (ALA 2013). Judi tweets @CactusWoman and coblogs at http://buildingacultureofcollaboration.edublogs.org. Her personal website is at storytrail.com.
Kathryn C. Suárez
Assistant Editor, Reviews
About Libraries Unlimited
SLC and reVIEWS+ are products of Libraries Unlimited, a publisher in the field of academic, public, school, and special libraries since 1964. Libraries Unlimited’s mission—to cultivate and maintain a supportive community where librarians, archivists, and information specialists can learn about and discuss leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers—is supported by over 2,000 publications and, now, SLC and reVIEWS+. Since 2008, Libraries Unlimited has been an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, an award-winning publisher of digital and print products in the realms of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development. With both a long-standing reputation for authoritative and trustworthy materials and a current prominence in delivering cutting-edge content in diverse and innovative forms, ABC-CLIO continues to be driven by pursuit of its core mission: to serve as source, catalyst, and support of lifelong learning.