[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Blue Valley High School (Stilwell, KS) named National School Library Program of the Year

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Fri May 15 10:51:01 PDT 2015


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Blue Valley High School (Stilwell, KS) named National
School Library Program of the Year
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 Valley High School, located in Stilwell, Kansas, is the American
Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 National School Library
Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the
NSLPY annually recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of
the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into
the school's curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of
school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.

Blue Valley High School (BVHS), a public school located in the southern
suburbs of Kansas City, serves both a suburban and rural student
population. To meet BVHS’s mission of “High levels of learning for all,”
the BVHS school library strives to be the “heartbeat” of the school, where
personal and academic growth is the principle focus. Its primary endeavor
is to be service-oriented and provide the school community – which includes
students, teachers, staff and parents - the opportunities and means to
achieve and grow.

“The committee was impressed with the two librarians whose strengths
complemented each other so well,” said Nancy Everhart, awards committee
chair. “Ken Stewart has developed outstanding community outreach projects -
most specifically the College Readiness Dialogue program with academic
librarians. Jessica Edwards has strong technology skills and the LibGuides
she has created for courses and projects with faculty demonstrated the
types of collaboration put forward in Building Partnerships for Learning as
outlined in AASL’s program guidelines.”

The BVHS school library program maintains a highly participatory culture by
holding community conversations about the library with all of its
stakeholders. During the conversations, the participants voice their
aspirations and goals for the library, possible obstacles to obtaining
those goals and solutions to overcoming those obstacles. Participants then
receive all of the comments from all of the groups and also regularly
receive updates as to how the school library program is approaching the
various aspects.

“Congratulations to Blue Valley High School! This school has definitely
demonstrated their commitment to quality library services,” said AASL
President Terri Grief. “Just a few years ago the principal at Blue Valley
was recognized as the AASL Distinguished Administrator and now the library
receives the National School Library Program of the Year Award. The
administrator and school librarian partnership is quite evident and is a
model for other schools in the nation. The students at BVHS are the real
winners. Congratulations to the librarians, Ken Stewart and Jessica Edwards
and the entire Blue Valley High School community!”

“We have great respect for innovative school library programs, such as Blue
Valley High where the focus is on student success in college and career,”
said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “It's vital today’s
school libraries are teaching 21st-century skills, and Follett is committed
to supporting and recognizing the programs where kids create, collaborate,
and think critically. These are the programs that make a lasting difference
in so many lives.”

“We are so grateful for Follett’s longstanding support,” said Grief. “By
sponsoring award programs such as NSLPY, Follett clearly illustrates its
advocacy for school library programs and the important role they play in
improving literacy.”

The AASL award winners will be honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony during
the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The ceremony will be held
from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. All are welcome to celebrate
the accomplishments of their peers during this recognition event taking
place prior to the AASL President’s Program.

Don Wood
Program Officer
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Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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