Bio


I am a literacies and libraries consultant
and a staunch advocate for the leader and instructional partner roles of school librarians.

 

Currently, I serve as the chair of AASL's Innovative Approaches to Literacy Task Force,
as an AASL member on the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional School-Public Library Cooperation Committee,
and as a mentor for the Lilead Project. 

 

I served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels and taught graduate students in library science for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University. 

 

I earned both an M.L.S. in library science and a Ph.D. in education at the University of Arizona. I have published more than 80 practitioner- and research-based articles in Knowledge Quest, School Library Connection, School Library Monthly, School Library Research, School Libraries Worldwide, Teacher Librarian, and more. To date, I have published three professional books for school librarians and classroom teachers and three books for children and families. 

 

I joined ALA and AASL as a graduate student in library science. I earned a first-time attendee scholarship and participated in my first ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco in 1997. I heard Karen Cushman give her unforgettable Newbery Medal Speech for The Midwife's Apprentice. On the exhibit floor, I met the incredibly gifted illustrator Ed Young, who joined me for lunch in Tucson later that summer.

 

I was hooked!

 

Over the course of my nearly three-decade involvement with our national association and its divisions, I have served in many capacities and reaped many benefits. These are just a few of the highlights.

 

For a complete list of my service to our profession, see the AASL ballot.

 

You can access more information about me at:

 

StoryTrail: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy

 

School Librarian Leadership Blog

 

Presentation Archive

 

Twitter Handle: @CactusWoman

(I tweet with #schoollibrarianleadership and #buildingconnections4learning.)