FMQ: Florida Media Quarterly

Fall 2015 Volume 41 No. 1

Florida Media Quarterly

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Text submitted becomes the property of FMQ and is not returned. FMQ is not responsible for the accuracy of text submitted; contributors are responsible for the accuracy of material, including references, tables, etc., and for obtaining necessary releases. The opinions expressed in Florida Media Quarterly are those of the authors and not necessarily those of FAME. Articles are the property of the authors and not necessarily those of FAME. Articles are the property of the authors indicated, and any use rights must be sought from the author. All other materials may be quoted or reproduced for non-commercial purposes provided full acknowledgements are given and FAME is notified.

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Nancy Mijangos, Issue Editor

A Letter From Our President

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope you have spent this summer reading, relaxing and rejuvenating yourself and are ready to embrace the new school year. If this summer has been any indication, this is a GREAT time to be a media specialist in Florida! The climate for school librarians is definitely on the upswing. We have seen an increase in membership, an increase in available positions across the state, and we have even seen Florida counties reinstating their media positions. I’m excited about the future of our profession and the future of our organization. This is definitely a year we are “Making it Happen!”

I am especially excited about the 43rd Annual FAME Conference, coming to Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek this October. The annual FAME conference in the only conference in the state of Florida geared directly to the needs of school librarians and media specialists and I believe attendance is vital to professional growth. Where else can you find out what is happening in other counties, be inspired by colleagues, network with professionals and see the latest and greatest products, authors and digital tools? The FAME conference meets the needs of all your library roles: literacy leader, technology integrationist, cheerleader, motivator, and everything in between.

Throughout this issue of Florida Media Quarterly, you will find valuable information about the upcoming conference. We are bringing back some old, bringing in some new, and looking forward to inspiring you to be the best school librarian you can be. The conference committee has worked hard throughout the summer to bring you outstanding workshops, speakers and authors and we know you won’t be disappointed. Highlights this year include: opening keynote general session featuring author Paul Reynolds, closing keynote luncheon with author Brad Meltzer, the all new Readers’ Theatre featuring authors performing excerpts from their latest novels, opportunities to bring your administrators to the conference with sessions geared specifically to their needs, a “doubled in size” digital hub, and an exhibit hall opening reception on Wednesday night. Additionally, we will be adding in some new social activities to increase attendee engagement and “up the fun”. Look for the first annual Late Night Library Games, our new creativity corner, and don’t miss the FAME President’s Reception and Dance Party featuring Past President Henry Haake on lead guitar and vocals.

It has been a pleasure serving as FAME President this year. I’ve been given many opportunities to represent you at both the state and the national level. Across the US, librarians are interested in the great things happening in Florida. We have weathered hard times and we are back with renewed vigor-back to embrace students, embrace learning, and embrace this profession we so dearly love. I thank you for your continued commitment to our profession and am looking forward to meeting you at the 43rd Annual FAME Conference: Florida School Libraries—Making it Happen!


Michelle C. Jarrett

FAME President

43rd Annual FAME Conference

Welcome to the 43rd Annual FAME Conference!

This year's theme "Florida School Libraries: Making it Happen!" is sure to inspire media specialists, school librarians, and tech integrationists across the state! We are bringing back some old, bringing in some new, and are working hard to provide the best professional development opportunity available to you.

The annual conference will be held Wednesday October 21-23 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Room rates are only $145 for double occupancy with complementary parking and Wi-Fi throughout the rooms and meeting space. There are many dining options on site and the resort is in close proximity to all the fun of I-Drive. Rooms are filling up fast! In fact, if you are booking for October 20th, be sure to check the website for information regarding overflow resort space, and again, book early. We have a fabulous rate for a resort of this caliber and space is at a premium.

Wednesday will begin with pre-conference workshops ($60.00 each) held at the resort. Don't miss topics for new media specialists, maker-space ins and outs, getting involved with the Newbery, Caldecott, or Belpre' committees, research skills, and Drew Minock from

Immediately following the close of our Wednesday workshops, we will open the conference with an ALL NEW Readers Theatre. Visiting authors will perform scripts from their newest works and this event is included with your registration. It is sure to be a hit, so don't miss out!

Back this year, our vendor hall opening reception will begin promptly at 5:00 pm on Wednesday. This will give attendees 2 conflict free hours in the vendor hall with poster sessions from 5:30 -6:30. New this year--stop by our social media square to connect and rest your feet.

Thursday will feature the traditional opening session, keynote speaker, and concurrent sessions for all attendees. Additionally, we will be offering a special "administrator's track"--sessions geared directly to your administrator. FAME members are invited to bring their principal for only $50 for the entire day of professional development. The opening general session will begin at 9:00 am with Paul Reynolds, author of "Going Places", "Sydney and Simon Full Steam Ahead" and the upcoming "Sydney and Simon Go Green" and co-founder of the award-winning children's media company FableVision. We will follow out the day with concurrent sessions and authors galore--19 authors to be exact! Look for sessions with Neal Shusterman, Chris Grabenstein, Emily Ecton, Henry Cole, Christina Diaz Gonzalez.....the list goes on and on! Don't miss the Digital Hub sessions from 1-5 in the vendor hall or any of our author signings during the lunch hours. And finally, be sure to visit the new Creativity Corner and Gaming Playground for new ideas on creating engaging library programming.

During the dinner break, there are many options for local associations to host meet and greets in the hospitality suites of the hotel. Contact Sharon Gray if you are interested in this option. Thursday evening, be sure to join President Michelle Jarrett at the annual President's Dessert Reception. Back by popular demand, there will be dancing with a live band featuring Past President Henry Haake on lead guitar and vocals. And finally,

Thursday evening will conclude with the first annual Late Night Library Games!

After a morning of general and digital hub sessions, the conference will conclude on Friday afternoon with a luncheon featuring best-selling author and History Channel personality Brad Meltzer. Before the closing keynote, we will be installing new officers and holding our business meeting. We will conclude the conference with the gift basket raffle.

As you can see, this year's conference is filled to the brim with opportunities for professional development and networking with a healthy dose of fun sprinkled in. We look forward to seeing you in October! If you have further questions or need conference assistance, please be sure to contact anyone on the conference planning committee.

FAME Conference Workshops and Presenters

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

9:00 AM-4:00 PM (with breaks and one-hour lunch break)

New School Library Media Specialist Workshop

Presenters: Jen Underhill, SSYRA Chair, Florida State University Assistant Professor and Raylee Fleisch, FAME Board Member

Do you ever feel like a castaway on a deserted island? It's tough out there all alone trying to survive in the school library jungle... especially your first year or two. Jennifer Underhill and Raylee Fleisch will offer guidance and answer questions for anyone new to running a school media program. Don't get voted off the island! Bring all your problems, questions, and concerns, and your experienced guides will help you set up camp and win that immunity idol! In addition to the full day pre-conference workshop, a follow-up session will be held on Friday prior to the closing session so that participants can ask questions that come up during the conference.

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Makerspaces! How to Transform Your Library

Presenters: Diana Rendina, MLIS Stewart Middle Magnet School, 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award; Dottie Smay, MLIS Shorecrest Preparatory School, presenter at Florida Association of Independent Schools (FCIS) and Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GAETC); Courtney Walker, MLIS Shorecrest Preparatory School, presenter at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and FCIS.

Find out why the “Maker Movement” is becoming so prominent in school libraries and how you can transform your library into an active hub where students are encouraged to foster their ingenuity with strong technological skills. Participants will have time for hands-on exploration of typical projects that utilize the design process of problem-based learning. Learn about Makerspaces from concept to curriculum connections including practical applications. From low tech to high tech, students capitalize on their natural curiosity to problem solve using 21st century skills. No matter if you are just starting out or a leader in the Maker Education Movement, come learn how you can encourage a “culture of creativity and discovery” in your school library.

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Research Projects and Digital Presentations: Do It Yourself!

Presenter: Meaghan Monahan: MLIS Waldo Community School

Help solidify your role as an integral part of your school’s instructional staff with this important workshop on teaching the research process. When administrators ask why they still need a certified school library media specialist, this workshop provides your answer! Participants from all grade levels will get hands-on experience in FINDS, Mary Beth Hertz Flow, and RSD (Research Skill Development) framework; brainstorm collaboration project topics; learn about various digital platforms; and will leave with planning sheets and rubrics from collaborative “play” time. Join the research party!

1:00 PM-4:00 PM (with break)

Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity (Computer Recommended)

Presenter: Drew Minock, 2 Guys and some iPads, 4D Education Evangelist. Drew Minock is an educator who has set out to change the game. A former elementary teacher, Drew is a technology trainer, speaker, and educational technology consultant.

True innovation happens when collaboration and creativity are given the opportunity to run wild! Finding many different solutions to the same problem creates outside the box thinking. Using technology with this approach breeds innovation. During this workshop we will tackle an abundance of web tools, mobile applications, and hardware to get students working as a team. and reach new heights. Come explore how to use technology as a tool to inspire student innovation, collaboration, and creativity!

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Caldecotts, Newberys and Belprés- Oh My!

Presenters: Lucinda Whitehurst, MLIS, St. Christopher’s School Richmond, Virginia; Alicia K. Long, MLIS, Access Services and Outreach, State Colleges of Florida Libraries

Have you ever wondered why a certain book won an ALA Youth Media Award or how people are selected to serve on those committees? Join Lucinda Whitehurst (2010 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee member and 2015 Newbery Medal Selection Committee member), and Alicia Long (2014 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee member), as they discuss the process of selecting the books that win these prestigious awards. The presenters will also give advice on how to become more active at the national level through the American Library Association, and suggestions on how you can work towards serving on these national committees. Participants will be actively involved in all discussions and mock simulations. Get ready for ALA in Orlando, 2016!

Thursday, October 22

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Bring Learning Alive with Augmented Reality (Computer Required)

Presenter: Drew Minock, 2 Guys and some iPads, 4D Education Evangelist. Drew Minock is an educator who has set out to change the game. A former elementary teacher, Drew is a technology trainer, speaker, and educational technology consultant.

This session will focus on bringing learning alive in your classroom, schools, and community using augmented reality(AR). We will focus on the process of creating meaningful augmented reality using DAQRI 4D Studio. We will also explore augmented reality applications you can download today and implement into your curriculum. This will be a hands on workshop creating and getting our hands dirty in the world of AR!

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5 Great Ways to Engage Your Students: Community Resources in a School Library Program

Written by Kathy Lancaster, Ph.D, Library Media Specialist, Marathon Middle High School

Can you envision a cross-section of ninety students, grades 6-12, engrossed in a lively game of “Is it Shakespeare or Is It Hip-Hop?”[1] in your school library? Can you imagine them self-monitoring their behaviors, engaged in good-hearted fun? That’s what occurred this spring when Fringe Theater Key West visited Marathon Middle High School and challenged students to listen to selected verses and identify whether the lines were penned by William Shakespeare or a popular rapper.

Before long, students were offering to read sample lines aloud. “When the actor asked for someone to read a line to the group, I volunteered,” said a senior and infrequent library-user. “It was fun. Once someone made a guess, we all had to raise our hands to say if we thought it was Shakespeare or a rapper. When we heard the right answer we all laughed at our own choices. Some kids were real good at guessing, though.”

The theater troupe was on hand to bring Shakespeare to the schools in Monroe County as part of an annual two-day grant-funded outreach.[2] This year’s play: Macbeth. The purpose of Day One was to engage the students by developing an interest in Shakespeare and providing background to the play and its characters. On Day Two, the actors presented an abridged version of the play complete with all of the time-honored characters. Middle school students lined the available floor space while the high school audience took to the chairs, all attentive to the drama unfolding before them.

Partners like the Fringe Theater cast are an important asset to a school and its library. Not only do they offer a link to communities and their resources, they also help school librarians reach a wider audience of students. To support our evolving role as school librarians and the expanding use of the Library/Learning Commons, it’s important that we appeal to a wide array of students and offer them an engaging experience beyond the books and computers that they may be expecting. Bringing community resources into the school library can help in those goals.

Here are some ways that we have used library programming at Marathon Middle High School to support academics and social awareness by bringing community resources into our school library. As our program design has evolved to include greater collaboration with teachers, students, and community members to support curricular standards and allow for student social interactions--even offer a fun experience--teens have started to see the library as an area worth visiting more frequently.

  1. Speaker Series. A speaker series is an easy way to boost library traffic and build community goodwill for your library. When formulated with broad-based teacher input, a schedule of local speakers can be designed to augment a variety of school needs and increase the likelihood of teacher support for your speaker program. As our school team discussed curriculum-based needs, for example, a middle school language arts teacher requested a resource to give a face to disabilities while her students studied the novel Tangerine. In response, we included a visually-impaired professional woman in our speaker series to help meet that request.

  2. Service Dogs. A popular event we use to support a school-wide literacy initiative is to pair service dogs and their handlers with groups of students for an hour of “shared” reading in the library. Lists of available service dogs can usually be generated by calls to local veterinary offices and social media requests. Trained to sit quietly, the dogs are a non-critical audience for readers who may choose to read silently or aloud to the dog. One fun activity is to have the students find or compose a short piece on “something only a dog would love” and read it aloud to one of the dogs.

  3. Social Awareness. The library can also provide connected learning opportunities for students to understand and become involved with social issues. “The Secret Next Door: Poverty and Homeless in America and in Our Town” was an inter-agency presentation designed and co-hosted with a community organization that works with teens in the schools. The program brought student athletes and school service club members together to explore the challenges that poverty brings to teens and their families. The library served as a link to help the students become civically engaged while our partnering agency introduced local resources and follow-up opportunities for community service.

  4. Traveling Museums. A new resource for our library last year was a traveling pop-up museum exhibit offered free to Florida schools through the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Funded in part by a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, the museum is a series of free-standing panels that literally pop-up for easy installation and includes printed and digital classroom support resources. Last year’s exhibit, “Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade,” was our centerpiece presentation during Black History Month. This year’s exhibit, “Spanish Colonialism: Sailing into a New World,” will be a cornerstone of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.[3]

  5. Guest Performances. The appeal of guest performances customarily lies in the combination of seasoned presenters and a well-rehearsed show. When the Fringe Theater cast arrived for their Macbeth performance this spring, we were forced to relocate them to the library for Day One due to an unexpected calendar conflict with their usual venue in the school’s Performing Arts Center. The library was a smaller, make-shift area with no raised stage and very little distance from the audience. At the end of the first day’s presentation, the cast discussed the two venues and asked to use the library for the second day, citing positive student behaviors and a better synergy with the students as major influences. Despite cramped space in the library, the performers quickly adapted to the venue change on the second day and, at day’s end, requested the library for the following year, offering to present their next play as theater in the round to better accommodate the students and facility.

    One of our school’s library goals for this year is to build on our programming design to develop a more participatory arrangement to involve teens as creators, hosts, and evaluators with library staff serving as facilitators. Contemporary teen programming guidelines stress the importance of building an ongoing dialogue with student partners in the development of school library events to strengthen the library’s overall goals and also help students develop social and workplace skills.[4] The inclusion of students and community resources as valued partners helps libraries reach new audiences and provide programs that reflect the community while infusing a value-added dimension to library services.

    With teaching time at a premium, classroom teachers are often reluctant to forsake class time for special events. School libraries that can create programs that support instructional goals, meet the identities and interests of a cross-section of teens, and allow for positive interactions between the school and community increase the likelihood of continued involvement with and support for library programming.

[1] For similar activities, consult online sources such as “Shakespeare or Hip Hop Quiz?” available at

[2] Shakespeare in School, presented by Fringe Theater Key West, is grant-funded in part by Florida Keys Council of the Arts and Keys Energy.

[3] Some dates are still available for the Spanish Colonialism exhibit. For more information on this project or the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, email

[4] “Teen Programming Guidelines,” Young Adult Library Services [Chicago] Summer 2015: 5.

Introduction and the Proposed Amendments to Fame Bylaws 2015

Introduction written by Sybil Farwell

This year the Bylaws Committee has responded to several key questions from officers and the Board of Directors, resulting in the modification and clarification of language in the Bylaws. In addition, several committees have been reorganized and renamed, designed to improve the functioning of the organization and to update language in the Bylaws describing strategies used to promote FAME.

In the original FAME documents from 1973, classes of membership were described in the Articles of Incorporation: Active, Retired/Active, Associate, and Honorary. In the Bylaws, coverage of membership was brief; Article III – Membership read: “The membership of this Corporation shall be as set forth in Article III of the Articles of Incorporation”. As a result of practical questions regarding eligibility of individuals for service as officers, Board members, and committee members, the decision was made to include the three major classes of membership in the Bylaws and to clarify and expand the language describing each class of membership. The two existing classes of FAME Institutional Memberships were also added to the Bylaws, Article III.

The titles of three committees were changed to reflect modifications in the responsibilities of each. The Bylaws Committee is changed to the Governing Documents Committee, with the expanded responsibility for updating the FAME Policies & Procedures Handbook, as well as the FAME Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of FAME. The Committee on Productions and Publications is renamed the Committee on Communication. The Committee on Awards/Public Relations is now the Awards Committee, indicating the shift of the responsibility for public relations to the Committee on Communications.

These Proposed Amendments to the FAME Bylaws 2015 were approved by the Board of Directors on May 2, 2015, at the Spring Board meeting. These changes will go into effect immediately if approved by the membership of FAME in the Business Meeting at the annual FAME Conference.

***The deletions from the Bylaws are in parentheses, and the approved changes are in italics.



Section 1: Any person interested in the purpose and mission of the Association may become a member upon payment of dues for classes of membership established by the Board of Directors. In addition, schools may hold an institutional membership in FAME. The schedule of dues will be reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and included in the Policies & Procedures Handbook and on the FAME website.

Section 2: Membership shall be divided into the following classes:

a. Active Membership: Persons actively engaged in library media work on a professional basis. This includes school library personnel, administrators, supervisors, and those involved in school librarian preparation programs. Active members shall be entitled to vote, hold office, serve on committees, and receive any appropriate services of the Corporation.

b. Retired/Active Membership: Any person having been actively engaged in work within the broad field of library media in education. This includes school library personnel, administrators, supervisors, and those involved in school librarian preparation programs. Retired/active members shall be able to receive any appropriate services of the Corporation, be entitled to vote, and are eligible to hold office and serve on committees.

c. Associate Membership: Any persons interested in promoting the objectives of the Corporation, but not eligible for active membership, may become associate members. Associate members may vote but may not hold office or serve on committees. This class includes:

1. Any person previously engaged in library media work on a professional basis (job change, job loss, on leave status)

2. Librarians in other fields

3. Support staff including clerks or aides; and

4. Interested lay persons (volunteers).

d. Student Membership: Students enrolled in at least 9 hours per semester in institutions involved in the preparation of school librarians may become members upon payment of dues as specified in the Bylaws. Student members shall not be entitled to vote, to hold office, or to serve on committees.

e. Institutional Membership: A school may hold an institutional membership providing for multiple staff members engaged in literacy and/or technology instruction to participate in FAME programs (SSYRA; FTR; Jim Harbin Student Media Festival) and professional development activities (conferences) at the member discounted rate.

f. Institutional Membership for Student Programs: A school may hold a limited institutional membership providing for multiple staff members engaged in literacy and/or technology instruction to participate in FAME’s student programs (SSYRA; FTR; Jim Harbin Student Media Festival). The staff of schools participating in this limited school participation option would not have access to FAME’s professional development activities at the member discounted rate.


The Corporation shall hold at least one meeting per year at a time and place to be designated by the Board of Directors. (One hundred members of the Corporation) The assembled members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.


Members (shall) may be required at any meeting to be certified by the presiding officer of the Corporation in order to cast a valid ballot or participate in the business discussion.


Section 1. Membership Requirement

All officers shall be Active or Retired/Active members of the Florida Association for Media in Education, Inc.


Section 1. Membership Requirement

All members of the Board of Directors shall be Active or Retired/Active members of FAME.

Section 7. DOE Liaison Ex-Officio Member

The Department of Education’s professional media staff shall be non-voting members of the Board of Directors and act as the official liaison with the Department.

Section 8. FMQ Editor Ex-Officio Member

The Editor of the Florida Media Quarterly (FMQ) shall be a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

Section 9. (Website) Webmaster Ex-Officio Member

The (editor of the) FAME (homepage) Webmaster shall be a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.


Section 2. Names of Standing Committees

In the Corporation the following standing Committees shall be either appointed by the President or by the President-Elect, or elected by the Board of Directors in accordance with the requirement of the Bylaws:

  1. Committee on (Awards/Public Relations) Awards

  2. Committee on (Bylaws) Governing Documents

  3. Committee on Finance

  4. Committee on Florida Teens Read

  5. Committee on Intellectual Freedom

  6. Committee on Jim Harbin Student Media Festival

  7. Committee on Leadership Development

  8. Committee on Legislation

  9. Committee on Membership

  10. Committee on Nominations

  11. Committee on (Productions and Publications) Communications

  12. Committee on Professional Development

  13. Committee on Scholarships

  14. Committee on the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award’s (Administration)

  15. Committee on Ways & Means

  16. Conference Committee

All committee appointments shall be approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 5. Committee on (Awards/Public Relations) Awards

The Committee on Awards/Public Relations shall consist of five members appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 6. Committee on (Bylaws) Governing Documents

The Committee on (Bylaws) Governing Documents shall consist of (four) five members, one of whom shall be a member of the Board of Directors. The members of this Committee shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

Each member shall serve a two-year term.

The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the President from those duly appointed members. To be eligible for Chairman, this person must have served at least one year as a member of the Committee.

Each member may be re-appointed.

(As one of two Committees charged with the maintenance of the governing documents of FAME, the Committee on Bylaws shall confer with the Committee on Leadership Development to ensure agreement and continuity among the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, and the Policies & Procedures.)

Section 8. Florida Teens Read

The Committee on the Florida Teens Read Award shall consist of twelve members, plus a Chair, appointed by the President-Elect and approved by the (Executive) Board of Directors at the Spring Board meeting.

Section 11. Committee on Leadership Development

The Committee on Leadership Development shall consist of six (6) members appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

Each member shall serve a one-year term.

Chairman is the Immediate Past President.

Each member may be re-appointed.

(As one of the two Committees charged with the maintenance of the governing documents of FAME, the Committee on Leadership Development shall confer with the Bylaws Committee to ensure agreement and continuity among the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, and the Policies & Procedures.)

Section 14. Committee on Nominations

The Committee on Nominations shall consist of five members and an alternate. The Board of Directors shall elect two members (at the Spring Board Meeting) from the Board to serve on this committee. Two members and an alternate shall be elected during the annual election.

Section 15. Committee on (Productions and Publications) Communications

The Committee on (Productions and Publications) Communications shall consist of the President-Elect, (four) five Directors, and two additional members appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors(, and the editors of the Florida Media Quarterly, and the FAME website). The Editor of the Florida Media Quarterly and the FAME Webmaster shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the Committee on Communications.

The Chairman of the committee shall be (the President-Elect) appointed by the President.

Members shall serve a two-year rotating term. (In any given year only two of the four members shall be new.)

Members may be re-appointed for consecutive terms.

The President shall appoint the Florida Media Quarterly Editor for a three-year term.

The President may appoint a Florida Media Quarterly contributing editor(s) on an annual basis upon the recommendation of the Florida Media Quarterly Editor.

The Florida Media Quarterly Editor may be re-appointed.

The President shall appoint the FAME Webmaster for a ­­­two-year term.

The FAME Webmaster may be re-appointed.


(Section 1. Official Publication

It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors at its organizational meeting each year to provide for an official publication for the organization.)

Section 1. Responsibility for Communicating Information

The Board of Directors is responsible for conveying information about FAME on a timely basis, promoting member connectivity to the organization, and increasing networking among members.

(Section 2. Purpose of Official Publication

The official publication shall be the instrument by which the Board of Directors shall inform the membership about its meetings, its directives, its actions, and other matters relating to the purposes of the organization.)

Section 2. Purpose of Official Communications

The purpose of official publications of FAME is to inform the membership, educational partners, and community about meetings, directives, actions, and other matters by means of an official website, an official publication issued on a regular basis, and through various social media platforms approved by the Board.

(Section 3. Other Publications

The corporation may publish and produce materials as recommended by the Committee on Productions and Publications with financing authorized by the Board of Directors.)

Section 3. Other Communication Forums

The Board of Directors may establish other forums to share resources and expedite the work of the Board, Officers, and Committees of FAME as recommended by the Committee on Communications.


These Bylaws may be amended in the following manner:

Section 1. Submission of Amendments

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be submitted to the Board of Directors by the Bylaws Committee on Governing Documents.

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted to the Board of Directors by any member of the Association.

Section 2. Changes to Amendments

The Board of Directors may make changes in any proposed amendment by a majority vote of those present before submitting it to the membership.

Section 3. Voting on Amendments in Person

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Association provided written notice containing the text of the proposed amendment has been sent to each member at least 30 days before the meeting or published in the official Association publication at least 30 days before the meeting.

Section 4. Corrections to the Bylaws

Grammar, spelling, and punctuation shall be corrected as deemed necessary by the (Bylaws) Committee on Governing Documents.

Section 5. Standing Rules

Standing rules shall be established which will relate to the details of the administration of the Association rather than to parliamentary procedure and which can be adapted or changed by the (Leadership Development) Committee on Governing Documents with approval of the Board of Directors.

2014-2015 FAME and Incoming Officers and Board Members

President: Michelle Jarrett

Immediate Past President: Henry Haake

President Elect: Lucretia Miller

Secretary: Andrea Parisi

Treasurer: Lorrie Cosgrove

Parliamentarian (Ex Officio): Sandra McMichael

Board of Directors:


Melissa Dorsett (1)

Kris Smith (3)

Lisa Comparato (4))


Shelia Baker (4)

Rebecca Smykla (5)

Elizabeth Zdrodowski (5)


Melanie Tahan (2)

Mel Pace (3)

Michelle Cates (5)

Vandy Tune (5)

Committee Chairpersons:

Awards/Public Relations: Sandy Trujillo

Bylaws: Sybil Farwell

Finance: Lou Greco

Florida Teen Reads: Sarah Aloise

Intellectual Freedom: (OPEN)

Jim Harbin: Madeline Miller

Leadership Development: Henry Haake

Legislation: Vandy Pacetti-Donaldson

Membership: (OPEN)

Nominations: Henry Haake

Professional Development: Nancy Teger

Production/Publications: Lucretia Miller

Scholarships: (OPEN)

SSYRA: Jennifer Underhill

Ways and Means: Hilaree Hudson

Conference: Kris Smith

Incoming Officers and Board Members (induction during the 2015 FAME Conference):

President-Elect: Elizabeth Zdrodowski

Nominations: Hollyanne Ruffner and Heather Dodge

Region 1: Ellen Crow

Region 2: Hillaree Burdette

Region 3: Deborah McNeil

Region 4: Julie Hiltz

FMQ Editor and Contributing Editor (Ex Officio): Nancy Mijangos and Kathy Lancaster