Association of Independent School Librarians

Position
 Board Member

President

Christina Pommer, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, FL
 Email: cpommer@saintstephens.org

After working in high school admissions for a few years after college, Christina realized that her ideal work environment was the school library. Over a period of three months, Christina got married, moved cross country, and started grad school. She  earned her MLIS in 2007 from Florida State University and then headed down the west coast of Florida to Bradenton. She is the Library Director and Middle and Upper School librarian at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School. She loves challenging research questions, readers' advisory, and coaching the Academic Team.

Christina's work on the board started in 2016 when she assumed the role of Technology Co-ordinator; she began her term as president at the 2019 AISL conference in Boston.

President-Elect


 Renee Chevallier , Ursuline Academy of Dallas, TX
 
Email: rchevallier@ursulinedallas.org

Renee is a graduate of Louisiana State University and is an avid Tiger fan—Geaux Tigers! She earned her MLS from the University of North Texas in 1991. Renee served as librarian of an elementary school for seven years before moving to Ursuline Academy of Dallas. This is her nineteenth year at UA where she is the head librarian.

Renee joined the Board in 2015 as a Member-at-Large, and began her three-year term as Treasurer in March 2017.

Secretary


Catherine McKenzie, Santa Fe Preparatory School, NM
Email: cmckenzie@sfprep.org

Catherine is Director of Library Services at Santa Fe Preparatory School. Before completing her MLS at Indiana University, she managed an independent bookstore in Atlanta. She worked in public and academic libraries in Ohio, California, and Indiana and for a library automation company in St. Louis before transitioning to becoming a school librarian in 2003. She has been the Director of Instructional Resources at Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, MO), Head High School Librarian at Georgetown Day School (Washington, DC), and Director of Technology, Libraries, and Center for Inquiry at Maret School (Washington, DC).

Catherine joined the board in 2019 as a Member-at-Large.

Treasurer


Kristen ArmstrongGill St. Bernard's School, NJ
Email: kmarmstrong@gsbschool.org

Kristen earned her MLS from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in 2001.  After spending a few years working in corporate and public libraries, she found her passion working with students in school libraries in 2004 at the Flint Hill School  in Northern Virginia and then the Swain School in Allentown, PA. She currently serves as the Head Librarian at Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ.  In addition to her role in the library, Kristen also coaches soccer and teaches one section of geometry.

Kristen joined the Board in 2019 as a Member-at-Large.

Technology
Co-ordinator

 Claire Hazzard, St. Paul Academy & Summit School, MN
 Email: chazzard@spa.edu

Claire is currently Lower School Librarian at St. Paul Academy & Summit School in St. Paul, MN. She has been an independent school librarian since 2003, working with students in grades K-12. She was previously Head of Library & Information Services at St. Clement's School in Toronto, Canada,  and since 2017 has been working in the US. 

Claire is responsible for the AISL website, the AISL list and co-ordinating AISL's social media platforms. She is serving her second term on the board; her first was from 2012-2016.
Member-at-large

 Tinsley Silcox, St. Mark's School, TX
Email: SilcoxT@smtexas.org

Tinsley is Director of Libraries and Information Services and Choirmaster at St. Mark's School of Texas. He formerly worked at Southern Methodist University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee and as Director of the Blues Archive. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman University, a Master’s in music from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Tennessee, and the Certificate in Academic Leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Tinsley is a recipient of the National Black Music Foundation Award of Appreciation and the Certificate of Appreciation from the Afro-American Novel Project. He is a member of ALA, LAMA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Tinsley joined the Board in 2017 as Member-at-Large; he is our Annual Conference liaison.

 Member-at-large


 Nancy Florio, Kent School, CT
 Email: florion@kent-school.edu

Nancy is the research librarian at Kent School in Kent, CT. She earned her bachelor's in counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, her master's in library science from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and graduate certificate in instructional technology design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. Nancy has worked in private, independent schools for 22 years and was previously the library director at Rumsey Hall School (CT), Canterbury (CT), and Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty in the master’s in library science program at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. Her course, cultural memorials and digital archives, was taught in conjunction with the VOICES of September 11th organization helping families and loved ones memorialize those who perished on 9/11. 

Nancy is an avid knitter and potter; her handmade tile can be found throughout the house she built with her husband in Northwest Connecticut. She joined the Board in 2019 as a Member-at-Large.

 

Member-at-large

 

Sara Spencer, Toronto, ON

With more than 22 years of teaching experience, Sara strives to share her passion for books, print and digital, and reading with the school community.  Research, digital collaboration and digital citizenship skills for elementary students are high priority. Teaching in England and Canada, with three different curriculums, with single sex and co-ed student populations and in public and private school systems, Sara's professional experience allows to her to approach librarianship from a multitude of perspectives. With the foundation of being a librarian, classroom teacher, technology coordinator and a resource teacher, she aims to be a role model of being an avid reader with a positive digital footprint, and to be a critical thinker to students and staff.

Sara has been honored to be a juror on the committees to select the Marilyn Baillie Best Picture Book in Canada Award and the Norma Fleck Children's Non Fiction Book Award in Canada. Also, Sara is a Hapara Certified Educator.

Sara has been an AISL member since 2008.

Member-at-large

Erinn Salge, Morristown-Beard School, NJ

Erinn Salge made the decision to go into libraries during an Americorps service year spent at a school in the woods. She returned to New Jersey to get her MLIS at Rutgers University while also working at Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY. She has subsequently worked revitalizing the library program at an all-boys Jesuit school in Jersey City and is now the head librarian at Morristown-Beard, a 6th-12th grade co-ed day school in northern New Jersey, where she lives. When she isn't in the library she can be found teaching a popular elective in criminology, her undergraduate major. In addition to her "day job" she is also a freelance writer with credits in several national publications and a couple of novels in her desk drawer. 

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