March 13, 2015
Contact: The Alaska Association of School Librarians
This news release is shared on behalf of the Alaska Association of School Librarians.
The Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) held their annual conference in Juneau from February 26- March 1 and announced Suzanne Metcalfe of Dimond High School in Anchorage as the School Librarian of the Year. The School Librarian of the Year is an award that has been given out annually since 1985. This exemplary librarian promotes the development of independent lifetime readers and learners, is an integral part of the educational team, and exemplifies professional involvement by sharing expertise with colleagues both locally and around the state. Each school year, administrators are encouraged to nominate a school librarian who has been a help and inspiration to them and their school.
Ms. Metcalfe is an integral member of her school community. She assists students and faculty by giving book talks, gathering materials on topics, borrowing books from other libraries, and keeping faculty updated with new resources and research.
She has been instrumental in teaching how to use electronic resources like turnitin.com and easy bib. Every week she sends an e-mail highlighting a wonderful resource.
Suzanne Metcalfe provides instruction that addresses information literacy, media literacy, and technology literacy – she is the Dimond “go to expert.” The Dimond Library is inquiry based, and Suzanne is often seen “showing” a student how to find what they are looking for, as opposed to just finding it for them.
The Learning Space of the Dimond Library is one of warmth, welcome, and adventure – the library is always full of students, and many students come to school early to “hang out” in the library, recognizing it to be a safe and pleasant place.
With budget cuts, Suzanne lost her two full-time assistants, but manages, though her energy and intellect, to maintain a top notch library. She is brilliant in making the very best use of diminishing monies, spending wisely and with creativity.
In addition to her MLIS, Suzanne recently renewed her National Board Certification. She is a member of AkASL, a frequent presenter at AkLA, and active in ALA.
As her teaching colleague, Denise Roselle says, “The AkASL mission is her mission… teaches all of us the new skills…”