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Maine woman becomes executive director of AASL

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The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) is delighted to share this news with you.

AASL Executive Director

Please join me in welcoming Sylvia Knight Norton as the new Executive
Director of the American Association of School Librarians, effective
September 30, 2013. Sylvia K. Norton comes to AASL/ALA from the College of
Communication and Information, School of Library and Information Studies,
Florida State University, where she has been School Library Media Internship
Coordinator and Instructor. During this period, she also served as State
E-Rate Coordinator, Florida Department of Management Services (2011-2012).

Sylvia brings strong state and local experience to the Association. From
March 2002 to September 2010, she was the School Library, Technology
Planning and E-rate Coordinator, Maine Department of Education, where she
planned, developed and advocated for statewide programs and professional
development to enhance teaching and learning through instructional
technology and school library programs. In that capacity, she was involved
in a broad range of programs related to school libraries, from technology
implementation to school library construction and to the development of

In earlier positions, Sylvia Norton was School Library Technologist at the
Maine State Library (2001-2002) and a school librarian at Freeport High
School (ME). She also held several positions in health sciences

Sylvia also brings extensive leadership experience within ALA and other
professional associations. Since 2011, she has been a member of the ALA
Executive Board, in which capacity she also served as a member of the ALA
Budget Analysis and Review Committee and the Board’s Finance and Audit
Committee. She served on the ALA Council from 2005, when she was elected a
Councilor-at-Large. She served twice on the AASL Board of Directors, from
2002-2005 representing the New England region and from 2006-2011 as the AASL
Councilor. Throughout this time, she has served on numerous committees and
task forces. In addition, Sylvia was active at the state level. She served
as president of the New England School Library Association (2001-2002) and
president of the Maine Association of School Libraries (1997-1998), among
many other roles.

Active in her local community as well as her professional community, Sylvia
has been a school board member. She has also served as a public library

Sylvia was a frequent presenter at conferences and contributed to many
publications. Most recently she authored “Technology Planning: Designing
the Direction to Get There,” in Knowledge Quest, 42 (1) 2013.

She was honored with Lifetime Membership to the Maine Association of School
Libraries (2007) in recognition of her leadership. She was elected to the
Hall of Fame of the New England School Library Association in 2008 for her
significant contributions. In 2010-2011, she received a PALM (Partnership
Advancing Library Media) Research Center, Florida State University, Doctoral

Sylvia Norton has a BA in English from University of Maine (Orono), a Master
of Library and Information Science degree from Simmons College and a Master
of Public Administration from University of Maine (Orono). She completed
doctoral studies in Educational Leadership (University of Maine) and is
currently pursuing a doctorate in Library and Information Studies (Florida
State University).

AASL is a division of the American Library Association. AASL’s mission is
to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school
library field. AASL provides continuing education (including a biennial
national conference , biennial forum and electronic courses), publications
(including a regular journal, Knowledge Quest, and an online research
journal, School Library Research, as well as books and other resources),
advocacy, research, service awards and a wide array of leadership
opportunities. AASL also developed and administers a major grant to the
ALA/AASL – the Beyond Words grant from the Dollar General Foundation.

Thanks go to search committee members Gail Dickinson (president, AASL),
Susan D. Ballard (Immediate Past President, AASL), Mary Ellen Davis
(Executive Director, ACRL), Michelle Harrell Washington (Director, Office
for Diversity/OLOS), Marci Merola (Director, Office for Library Advocacy),
Mary Ghikas (Senior Associate Executive Director, ALA) and Cynthia Vivian
(Director, HR) for a successful search. Thanks also go to Allison Cline
(Deputy Executive Director, AASL) for her leadership as interim executive
director and to all the staff of AASL for their work and for their support
of the search process.