has the smarts, style, creativity, and common sense to be a superb president of AASL
I have worked with Dorcas in ALA and AASL, and she is a seasoned and thoughtful leader who gets things done.
thinks big, but she
factors in the essential nature of getting everyone on board and her
process is always about creating and building school library programs where kids thrive as readers, learners, and doers.
She understands and models the role of being a proactive and vital building level school librarian, and she has consistently, through the years, reached out to ask others to share new ideas and methods.
Collaboration is her
mantra, however, her
real professional hallmark is that she
always rolls up her
sleeves and models frontline hard work.
I couldn't be more excited about the possibilities for AASL's
future with Dorcas
will inevitably make it fun, real, and eternally worthwhile because she
loves what she
does, and she
truly believes that the library is the heart of any quality school.
I wholeheartedly support Dorcas Hand to be AASL's next president.
Dorcas is an articulate and talented school librarian.
has a passion for the importance of the 21st Century school library programs.
will weave all this together as she
helped move AASL and the profession forward.
has proven herself to be a highly productive member of the AASL Advocacy Committee, and she
always manages to hold on to her
sense of humor and great smile.
work ethic, knowledge of Advocacy, and her
upbeat attitude are all attributes every AASL President needs.
It has been a privilege to work with Dorcas
on a local advocacy campaign to bring attention to the need for certified librarians to staff the public schools in our large urban district.
unflagging enthusiasm and ability to organize has been a driving force.
Dorcas is a strong leader because she makes things happen - she inspires enthusiasm in others, makes sure the small (but essential!) tasks are managed, and keeps the big picture front and center.
a joy to work with.
I had the pleasure of working with Dorcas
on the 2013 National School Library
Program of the Year Award Committee
Dorcas was an amiable and conscientious committee member.
contributed thoughtful questions and ideas during school visitations and followed up with suggestions to improve the process for future committees.
knowledge of school libraries and sensitivity to the dynamics that contribute to exemplary school library programs are among many of the valuable assets that she
will bring to the AASL presidency.
always knows the right question to ask.
helped keep our committee on track and focused.
sees the big picture when it comes to school libraries and student achievement.
I am delighted to endorse Dorcas Hand for AASL president-elect in 2015.
is a phenomenal school librarian, a fierce advocate for school libraries, and a great colleague.