By Kathy Mansfield

More than 250 Kentucky school librarians attended the annual Summer Refresher professional learning conference July 18 at Warren Central High School in Bowling Green, hosted by the Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL).

The conference opened with author Kristen O’Donnell Tubb as keynote speaker, followed by more than 40 concurrent sessions with a wide range of topics, including Breakout EDU, makerspaces and information literacy. A July 17 pre-conference opportunity offered sessions on policy writing, PBS Learning Media, digital storytelling and app-smashing.

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner

Winners of the 2017 KASL awards were honored, including:

  • Kentucky Outstanding School Media Librarian: Avonda Noe, retired; Madison Southern High School (Madison County)
  • Barby Hardy Lifetime Achievement Award: Melissa Gardner, Campbell County Middle School
  • Donna Hornsby Joint Technology Project Award: Amanda Hurley and Felica White (librarians) and math teacher Sarah Zehnder, Henry Clay High School (Fayette County)
  • School Library Website Award: Sam Northern, Simpson Elementary School (Simpson County)
  • Eleanor Simmons Grant: Samuel Northern, Simpson Elementary School; and Felica White, Henry Clay High School
  • Jesse Stuart Media Award: Henry Clay History Club for its historical poetry chapbook, “Bluegrass & Beyond – A Journey Through Historical Poetry”
  • Student Technology Award: William Andy Walker, Rockcastle County High School
Avonda Noe

Avonda Noe

Information about each of the above awards, as well as links to applications for 2018 nominees, can be found on the KASL Awards page website.

KASL partners with the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) each year to provide a Fall Conference in Louisville. This year’s conference is September 21-23 at the Galt House and will feature sessions for school librarians, public librarians, academic librarians and specialty librarians. Conference registration information can be found on the KLA website.