School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

School Library Certification Program

Practitioner Advisory Group Members

Kathleen K. Batykefer, President, Western Pennsylvania School Librarians Association; Pine Richland Middle School

Veanna Baxter, Past President, Pennsylvania Association of School Librarians

Janine Despines, Librarian, Upper St. Clair High School

John Emerick, Director, Division of School Library Media Services, Commonwealth Libraries

Mimi Flaherty, Librarian, Bradford Woods Elementary, North Allegheny School District

Suzanne Flynn, Library Dept. Chair, Shaler Area Middle School, Shaler Area School District

Carrie Gardner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Catholic University

Patricia Heasley, Librarian, Independence Middle School, Bethel Park School District

Linda Herward, Librarian, Falk School, University of Pittsburgh

Richard Hollein, Librarian, Quaker Valley High School, Quaker Valley School District

Donald W. King, Librarian, Gateway High School, Gateway School District

Patricia Ann King, Library Information Specialist, West Mifflin Area High School, West Mifflin School District

Samuel Jackendoff, Curriculum Supervisor, Library and Information Sciences, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Ginger Lambeth, School Library Information Specialist, Helen S. Faison Arts Academy, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Susan A. Long, PhD, Assistant Superintendent, Akron, Oh. Public Schools

Amy Longo, Librarian, Keystone Oaks High School, Keystone Oaks School District

D’Nis Lynch, Library Curriculum Leader K-12, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Upper St. Clair High School (Retired); University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, Practicum supervisor

Jesse McDonnell, Librarian, Franklin Regional High School, Franklin Regional School District

Paula Moran, Librarian, Leechburg High School; Leechburg School District

Sally Myers, Secondary Technology Coordinator, Penn Hills School District

Meg Owens, Librarian, McMurray Elementary School, Peters Township School District

Denice Pazuchanics, Lincoln Elementary School, Bethel Park School District

Judy Pezzulo, Librarian, Union Memorial Elementary School, Union area School District

Sylvia Rockwood, Library Supervisor, Chambersburg Area School District

Phyllis Romano, Librarian, Stephen Foster Elementary School, Mt. Lebanon (Retired)

Linda Rosenbaum, Librarian, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

Linda Savido, Librarian, City High School, Pittsburgh

Clete Schirra, Librarian, South Park High School, South Park School District

Christy Parsyck Smith, Librarian, Mt. Lebanon High School, Mt. Lebanon School District

Judy Speedy, Librarian, Gateway Middle School (Retired)

Marge Tassia, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Elementary Education, Millersville University (Retired)

Ann Wade, Librarian, John H. Linton Middle School, Penn Hills School District

Katrine Watkins, Librarian, Shaler Area Intermediate School, Shaler Area School District


Mary Kay Biagini, PhD, Associate Professor
Director, School Library Certification Program

Advisory Group Of Recent Alums (AGORA)

Wade Burtch Heritage Elementary School, Franklin Regional School District
Heidi Culp Honey Brook Elementary Center, Twin Valley School District
Sue Dobson Villa Maria Academy, Erie, PA
Elizabeth Fisher Librarian, North Penn High School, Landsdale, PA
Karen Fornari Fox Chapel Area School District
Loretta Jackson Pittsburgh Public Schools
Raquelle Brennan New Trier Township High School District 203, Northfield Campus, IL
Sue Dahlstrom Upper Merion High School, Upper Merion Area School District
Sally Goodman Craig Academy, Pittsburgh
Michelle Kramer

Mt. Lebanon High School

Amy Pickett

Ridley High School, Ridley School District



Amy Eidenshink

Highlands Middle School, Highlands School District

Mary Kelleher Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Somerville, MA
Denise Medwick McKee Elementary School, West Allegheny School District
Rebecca Morris

Middle School, Deer Lakes School District



Kipp Dawson Fulton Traditional Academy, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Erika Frank Poland Jr./Sr. High School, Poland, ME
Mary Grace Kelly

Keystone Oaks Middle School

Leslie Poston

The Kiski School

Michelle Crowell Fossum City High School, Pittsburgh
Cathy Laird Mendon Elementary School, Yough School District
Sonya Smith

Central Columbia Elementary School, Bloomsburg


Mary Kay Biagini, PhD, Associate Professor
Director, School Library Certification Program

Strong Foundation

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