Panel Biographies

Sara Kelly Johns, Moderator
Bio: Sara Kelly Johns is the School Librarian at Lake Placid (NY) Middle/High School in the Adirondack Mountains and teaches as an online adjunct for Mansfield University's School of Library and Information Technologies program. An past AASL president, she is currently the AASL Division Councilor for the ALA Council and a member of the AASL Legislative Committee and the ALA Committee on Legislation Grassroots Subcommittee. In addition to writing, speaking and having the best job in her school (she'll tell anybody that!), she is a roadie for her husband's rock band, Double Axel, and you will find her on the dance floor whenever the opportunity is there. Her personal Flickr page has almost 28,000 pictures and she will tag all photos from this conference with an AASL11 tag.

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Gwyneth Jones: Gale/SLJ, Mentor -Dr. Joyce Valenza
Bio: Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a middle school teacher librarian, a blogger, a Tweeter, a public speaker, a citizen of Social Media, and a resident of Second Life. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Teacher, DEN Star, member of the ISTE Board of Directors, was named an Innovator and one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2011, a Gale/Cengage New Leader, and is the author of the award winning Daring Librarian blog. Gwyneth enjoys reading, traveling, digital photography, graphic design, NPR, classical & punk rock music, Welsh stuff, buzztime trivia, darts, exploring the Steampunk Aesthetic and writing biographies of herself in the third person. Admittedly, she’s also a goofball & a geek. Superhero Bio & Cartoon inspired by Joyce Valenza

Margaux DelGuidice Gale/SLJ,Mentor - Sara Kelly Johns
Bio:Margaux DelGuidice is a high school librarian at Garden City High School on Long Island, an adjunct professor of academic writing and research and a part-time children’s services librarian. Margaux has served as a member of the ALA Future Perfect Task Force and has written numerous articles for library publications. An advocate for librarians, libraries and the patrons they serve, her first book published on the topic of library advocacy with the ABC-CLIO publishing company in 2012.

Shannon McClintock Miller....Gale/SLJ/Mentor-Ann Dutton Ewbanks
Bio: Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE's Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. Shannon serves on the School Library Monthly advisory board and is a teacher advocate for StudyBlue. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award for Twitter. Shannon can be found at @shannonmmiller on Twitter and online at

Wendy Stephens (ALA Emerging Leader)
Bio: Wendy Stephens has been librarian at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama since 2002. A Google Certified Teacher and National Board Certified library media specialist, she participated in the second ALA Emerging Leaders cohort in 2008, where her group project involved working on ALA President Lorienne Roy's A Gathering of Readers, a portal about Native American authors for young people. Wendy is co-blog manager for AASL and was elected to ALA Council in 2011.

Laura Warren-Gross (ALA Emerging Leader)
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Bio: Laura Warren-Gross has been a middle school librarian in Kalamazoo, MI since 2006. Previously, she worked as a middle school/high school librarian for six years and taught high school English and Earth Science for four years. As an Emerging Leader in 2008, Laura worked on Dr. Lorienne Roy's Workplace Wellness initiative. Her professional interests include literacy among urban youth and mentoring new teachers. Laura has served on the Librarian's Role in Reading Taskforce and the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. She is currently working toward National Board Certification.