May 21, 2018

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AASL 2018 Social Media Superstars Announced

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Social Media Superstars. The awards, given out in six categories, honor “school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely via a variety of social media channels.” After nominations, finalists were chosen. At that time, the AASL allowed peers to submit endorsements. The social media recognition committee reviewed those endorsements and the original nominations to select a winner in each category.

In its announcement, the AASL included a comment from one of the endorsements for each winner:


Advocacy Ambassador

Ashley Cooksey, library media specialist, Batesville (AR) School District

“The term ‘Superstar’ may have originated just to describe Ashley. She not only supports and advocates for learners and learning at her local level, she also tirelessly promotes all types of literacies, broadens her PLC on the daily, seeks out opportunities to serve and to grow, and builds community all along the way. It is with much admiration that I endorse Ashley Cooksey, Advocacy Ambassador.”

Leadership Luminary

Shannon McClintock Miller, school library consultant, IA

“Shannon McClintock Miller is the epitome of leadership. Her social media posts never cease to amaze and inspire me. From the moment I met Shannon, I have looked to her for guidance and inspiration with my school library. Shannon’s blog constantly has fresh, new ideas and how-to’s. She not only shares her work, she shares the work of others. A true leader leads by example. Shannon’s example has set the bar high, but I’m so happy that she makes time to answer questions, provide advice and guide us through.”

Program Pioneer

Nikki Robertson, librarian, instructional technology facilitator, Winkley Elementary School, Leander, TX

“Nikki is always trying different things with her students, and is always so positive! I love seeing her posts sharing the things her students do and create! You can just tell that she loves what she does, and her students love being in the library! We are so lucky that she has chosen to become a part of the school librarians in Texas, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

Sensational Student Voice

Chelsea Sims, teacher-librarian, South East Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

“Chelsea is an absolute Superstar, not just in her school district but the entire state of Iowa. She works diligently to empower her students and youth in Iowa and also to educate other librarians on the importance of letting students speak for themselves.”

Social Justice Defender

Jennifer LaGarde, school library consultant, WA

“Within moments of first meeting Jennifer LaGarde, I knew that she was an educator who believed that all students deserved opportunities to not only feel heard but have a sense of belonging. She transforms not only libraries into a space where all students are welcomed and accepted but she impacts those around her so that schools and districts are truly never the same after she has worked with them. Because of her influence, I know personally I am a better educator and person.”

Tech Troubadour

Heather Moorefield-Lang, associate professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

“It’s not just that she experiments with new things, but she does so through the lens of usefulness in a school library. I can read Wired reviews, but I won’t get germane reliable information from commercial sources in the way I can get it from any one of her articles.”


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