Saturday, April 21, 2012
Information Technology Pathfinder Award have been announced, sponsored by Follett Software Company, recognizes an elementary and a secondary school librarian for their "vision and leadership"
Tech awards: The winners of the 2012 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award have been announced. The $1500 award, sponsored by Follett Software Company, recognizes an elementary and a secondary school librarian for their "vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners." The elementary award went to Sally Mays, the bibliotecaria at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion, a K-5 magnet school in Hope, MN, for helping ESL students develop information literacy and research skills. The library uses Tumblebooks, a database that offers books in English and Spanish, and Culture Grams, a state/geography database. The secondary division award was given to Elizabeth Kahn, the school librarian at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Jefferson, LA, serving grades 6-8. The school has a one-to-one laptop program and uses a Shelfari bookshelf embedded on the library's website and email blasts to announce the addition of new titles. They will be honored at AASL's Awards luncheon during the American Library Association's (ALA) 2012 conference in Anaheim, CA, in June 2012.