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Dawkins Accepts National AASL Leadership Grant

Porter Ridge High School would like to congratulate April Dawkins who is a recipient of the 2013 American Association of School Librarians’ ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. The $1,750 grant is given to school library associations that are American Association of School Librarians affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels. The goals of the program are to encourage new school librarians to become advocates for themselves, NC School Library Media Association, the school library profession and to encourage leadership at the state level.

Ms. Dawkins is currently the president of the NC School Library Media Association. In that role, she planned the state conference for school librarians which was held in October in Winston Salem. She also represents North Carolina at the national affiliate assembly of the American Association of School Librarians. As a representative, Ms. Dawkins attended two national conferences. In January, she went to Seattle, WA and in June she was in Chicago, IL to accept the grant. While in Chicago, Ms. Dawkins was elected as a regional representative for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. As president, Ms. Dawkins has visited Washington, DC twice to advocate for school libraries during the American Library Association's Library Legislative days.

Ms. Dawkins has demonstrated leadership at Porter Ridge High School and continues to promote innovative ideas and advocates for the profession. When asked to describe her goals for the grant? Ms. Dawkins stated, “I learned about it during the January national conference and wrote most of the grant on the plane ride home. The application was due 4 days after I learned about it. The goals for our new Leading from the Library programs are to create an ongoing leadership development program for school librarians. In the past few years, we have had difficulty in finding librarians who are willing to step up into leadership roles at the state level. The program will be open by application to members of NCSLMA who are in the first five years of their career as a school librarian. As part of the program, participants will work with a mentor, develop leadership and advocacy skills, and attend a two-day leadership retreat. We feel this is a very timely program with the new NC standards for school librarians being implemented this year; one of the major components is leadership.”

Written by: Elenia Daniels, Assistant Principal
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 by April Dawkins

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