Featuring Past-President Jennifer Sharp

Written by Brandi Hartsell

TASL is an amazing organization (just ask AASL). But it is the people who dedicate their time and energy that make it great. We at TASL Talks want to highlight our leaders and express our gratitude for their commitment to our wonderful profession. We will be featuring each member of leadership throughout the remainder of the year. I’m excited to share with you more about our 2020 Past-President Jennifer Sharp

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Past-President Jennifer Sharp 

Name: Jennifer Sharp

School: John Overton High School

Position Within TASL: Past-President, Chair of Nominating Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Standards/Certification Committee

How has being a member of TASL impacted your practice as a school librarian?

Being a member of TASL has been one of the most important things I’ve done to learn and grow as a librarian over the years. I really love connecting with other school librarians, sharing ideas and resources, and taking advantage of all the professional learning opportunities (conferences, summer PD, webinars). I have found TASL to be a fantastic network of support and camaraderie, and serving on the board has been rewarding for me both professionally and personally. Being a member (and active participant) of TASL is SO important to me because I believe the work we are doing is critical to the future of school librarianship in Tennessee and beyond!

What do you value most about the profession?

I love that school librarianship, on the whole, has such a collaborative spirit! Because we work so closely and frequently with teachers and others in our building, I think that we typically bring that approach into our interactions with other school librarians as well. As a result, the energy in the air when librarians learn and work together is so exciting and inspiring!

What are you currently reading?

I tend to almost exclusively read YA during the school year, so I try to get in my adult titles in the summer. Currently, I’m reading:

Untamed – Glennon Doyle

All Adults Here – Emma Straub

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferSharpTN


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