Sun Valley Elementary School Wins Top Awards in State and World

Kevin Vickers (MLS 2011) reports that his school, Sun Valley Elementary in Monroe, NC, came in 1st place in NC and 2nd place worldwide in the Read for the World Record.   The students spent their summer vacation reading for 2,567,912 minutes.  About 684 students participated, tracking their reading minutes online throughout the summer.

According to Vickers, school library media coordinator, “They just went all out.  Their hunger for reading did not end when the summer did.”  Students tell him in the hallway that they’ve been reading and it opens a dialogue about what they read, how long they read, and what they learned.

In addition to reading, students improved their computer skills by using a website to track their minutes.  Vickers also made graphs to illustrate how many minutes the grade levels had read, opening a discussion about math and graphs.  “It was all tied in to information technology,” Vickers said.

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Congratulations to Past Graduates

Congratulations to Jennifer (Jen) Baker, who is the new media coordinator at Pamlico County High School.

Last fall, Kevin Vickers (MLS 2011) completed his National Board certification.

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Yontz at the Librarian Networking Summit

Dr. Elaine Yontz collaborated with Dr. Tom Terrell, Librarian at Granville Central High School, to facilitate a session “One to One to Win: How School Librarians Can Make the Difference in the New Normal” at the 8th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit sponsored by the Teaching Resources Center at ECU’s Joyner Library, 02/02/2013.

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Jones and Marson Present at ALA Midwinter

Dr. Jami Jones and Dr. Barbara Marson presented at the NCATE Program Review Training session at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA on January 25.  They discussed their experiences in writing a successful program report.

In August of 2012, the ECU MLS program received and continues with full NCATE recognition for the initial preparation of school librarians under the 2010 AASL standards, based on the report that was submitted and reviewed.

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Lynda Lee Stine Werdal

Our condolences go to the family of Lynda Lee Stine Werdal, MLS graduate (1983), who passed away on January 26, 2013.  She served as librarian with Burroughs Wellcome and later at Joyner Library at ECU in the Interlibrary Loan Department.

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Graduation 2012

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Some of the December 2012 graduates with Dr. Marson at the College of Education Graduation ceremony, December 14.

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Reception for December 2012 Graduates

Some of those attending the reception honoring the December 2012 MLS graduates are shown below.  Click on each photo to enlarge.

Photo on left:  Heather Bridges, Leah Reinke, Dottie Black, Cindy Harrington, Craig Rogers

Photo on right: Anissa Holm, Dr. John Harer, Yvette Davis

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Book ‘Em Conference, February 23, 2013

Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair brings together more than 75 authors, including New York Times bestselling author, Mary Alice Monroe, Hollywood Producer/Director/Screenwriter/Actor Chuck Williams and more than 24 award-winning authors, and authors of almost every genre for all ages under one roof to sell and sign their books, participate in panel discussions and talks, network and interact with fans one-on-one.

The conference is free and will be held at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, NC.  The ECU Department of Library Science will have a table there, so drop by and say hello!
For details, visit

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DLS Faculty Donate Books

In what has become a yearly tradition, the DLS faculty gathered for a holiday celebration and brought children and young adult books to be donated to the Little Willie Center in Greenville, NC. 

Founded in 1990, the Little Willie Center was created to be a safe place for local children.  It provides life lessons and educational programs for adults as well as children.


Pictured above from left to right:
(Rear) Dr. Barbara Marson, Dr. John Harer, Dr. Gail Munde
(Front) Dr. Al Jones, Dr. Jami Jones, Dr. Lou Sua


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Bright Ideas Grant Awarded to Charity Worley

Congratulations to Charity Worley, a current MLS student at Chadbourn Elementary School for receiving a $1,900 Bright Ideas grant.  Her grant was titled “Core into Reading,” and provides funds to obtain books related to the Common Core.

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