CHICAGO, July 13, 2009 — School library media specialists in Kansas and Louisiana have been named the two winners of this year’s American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award, which has been sponsored by Follett Software Company since 1985. The awards will be formally presented by Michael Campbell, director of marketing for Follett Software Company, at a luncheon today at Chicago’s McCormick Place West as part of the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
This year’s winners are Jennifer Gorup of Quail Run Elementary School in Lawrence, Kan., and Melanie LeJeune of St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, La. Gorup, who won in the Elementary (grades K-6) Category, and LeJeune, who won in the Secondary (7-12) Category, each will be presented with checks for $1,000, while their school libraries will receive $500.
The award recognizes and honors a school library media specialist demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners.
“There is a great deal of exemplary work being done by library media specialists in the Elementary and Secondary schools across the country,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett Software Company. “Our two winners illustrate the kind of forward-thinking mentality that is transforming our nation’s school libraries into 24/7 resources with unlimited potential. Follett Software Company is, indeed, proud to continue our long-standing sponsorship of this award.”
The AASL, a division of the ALA, promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.
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