JCASL Newsletter

March 2018

Jason Highly - goodbye and National Boards

In addition to proudly serving as your JCASL President this year, I have recently accomplished something I have wanted to do since I became a school librarian ten years ago. As of December 2017 I am a National Board Certified Teacher!

My NBCT adventure took three years. In order to certify, a teacher must complete four individual components. Component One involved taking a computer-based test made up of both multiple choice and essay questions. Component Two evaluated my ability to differentiate instruction and required examples of student work. Component Three required videoing two different lessons, while Component Four looked for examples of my use of student assessment and my involvement in the school and surrounding community. Each component also required writing. A lot of writing.

If you have considered going for National Board Certification, I encourage you to look into it. I started by going to a Jump Start, hosted by the Kentucky Education Association. I also talked to other teachers who had already certified. Most importantly, I reviewed the Library Media standards at nbpts.org . Almost immediately, I started to rethink the way I was doing things in the library.

In Kentucky, Board Certified teachers receive an annual salary bonus as well as Rank I certification. If you work for JCPS, you may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of your out-of-pocket costs. But I didn’t try this for monetary reasons. I truly believe the process has made me a better teacher.

Sincerely, Jason Highley

New Director of Library Media Services for JCPS - Dr. Lynn Reynolds

Favorite Quote: “It’s more important to DO right, than it is to BE right.” ~Louise Reynolds

Dr. Lynn Reynolds is in her 27th year of serving and educating children-- doing what she believes God called her to do. She is currently the Director of Library Media Services in JCPS. She was born, raised, and started her career in Lebanon, Tennessee the place she fondly calls home. She burst quite the comfort bubble when she moved to Kentucky almost 11 years ago; a move that has marked many changes personally and professionally. Born a twin and always feeling a sense of teamwork and direction either by choice or position, she birthed her life of leadership early. As an educator, she’s been a classroom teacher, practicing administrator, and librarian/media specialist. She has served as team teacher leader, department chair, and president for her local education association. She was nominated two years consecutively for Jefferson County Outstanding School Librarian Media Award. She was awarded the Hilliard Lyons Educator for Excellence in 2016.

She has been dedicated to serving children in her family, our schools, as well as her church community. She completed her doctorate in Education Leadership at Spalding University June 2015. She participated in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s program on Library Leadership in a Digital Age, March 2017. Her goals for Library Media Services is to LEAD, SERVE, MENTOR (LMS). I am excited about this new opportunity. We will chart new waters and change the trajectory of students by providing relevant resources and services to meet the changing times. I am both humbled and honored to serve during this exciting time in education.

Education: Spalding University, Ed.D (Leadership Education), 2015

Middle Tennessee State University, M.Ed (Library Science), 2004

Middle Tennessee State University, M.Ed (Administration & Supervision, Principalship), 1993

Middle Tennessee State Univesity, B.S. (Elementary Education), 1990

Areas of Personal Interest: Reading, Traveling, Event Planning, Creative Crafting, Empowering Women

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Read Across America

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What's New with the JCPS Professional Library?

You may have heard that there is a plan to move the CRC/Professional Library from Gheens to Camp Edwards. This is part of a series of proposed moves designed to create much needed spaces for students, including ESL, Early Childhood, and the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy. We are using this move as an opportunity to re-envision the CRC/Professional Library. This move will require us to take a hard look at thousands of items in the collection that have not circulated in quite some time. However, we will be strategic in our decisions regarding what to keep, what to rehome, and what to ultimately weed.

We believe we can create a space that is innovative, inviting, and future ready. We see this change as an opportunity, not an obstacle, to serving the needs of our professional and student communities. The dates are not final yet, opening and closing dates of both facilities are to be determined. The tentative new address is:

Ernest Camp Edwards Education Complex

731 S Hancock Street

Louisville, KY 40203

We will keep you informed of our progress. Meanwhile, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at lynn.reynolds@jefferson.kyschools.us or 502.485.3090. We look forward to visiting with you at our new location.

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Congratulations to Dr. Aberli

The Jefferson County Association of School Librarians has awarded Dr. Thomas Aberli, principal of Highland Middle School, the 2018 JCASL Service Award for Administrators. Through funding to improve the environment and collection within the library, he has enabled the librarian, Phillip Dunnagan, to revitalize the facility and his program. Most importantly, Dr. Aberli has made a tremendous effort to instill a culture of library use and collaboration throughout the building.

Join me in congratulating Dr. Thomas Aberli, along with Phillip Dunnagan, Highland Middle School Librarian.


Leah D. Slucher

JCASL, Past-President

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JCASL Spring Dinner

The members of JCASL would like to send out a hug thank you and "job well done" to Jessica Thomas! The Spring Dinner was housed in the newly built Southwest Central branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. Awards were given, delicious food was served and featured an inspiring and entertaining presentation by author, Katie McGarry. It was wonderful seeing so many librarian friends and look forward to more events together!

2018 Outstanding School Media Librarian

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The Jefferson County Association of School Librarians has awarded Kristina Bloch, the 2018 JCASL “Outstanding School Media Librarian” award.

Ms. Bloch was chosen because of her overwhelming dedication to students and her support of the library. Ms. Bloch embodies the 21st century characteristics of a future-ready librarian, and she is meeting the needs of her students by giving them multiple opportunities to think, create, share and grow! Just listen to how she is described by some of her students: “She is one of the best and one of my favorite teachers I have ever had. She is more than a librarian, she is a historian, scientist and computer genius. Library is the best part of the day. The activities are super interesting and teach me a lot.”

Join me in congratulating Kristina Bloch on receiving this award.

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Great news for news for Jefferson County school librarians- our old friend Larry Moore is returning as the KET Consultant for our area! Look for Larry to reach out with his excellent support in the new future!

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Best wishes to all of these wonderful librarians on current or impending retirements! We thank you for your service.

Leslie Senn

Pam Barker

Anne Bainbridge

Linda Young

Alesia Thayer

Linda Ernwine

Nancy Ott-Nobles

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