New school library consultant

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is thrilled to welcome Jeannie Standal as our new school library consultant. After earning a Master of Library Science from East Carolina University, Standal became the media coordinator for a middle school of 800 students in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She and her husband are Idaho natives and in the summer of 2012, after living out-of-state for 17 years, they were delighted to have the opportunity to move with their two sons back home to Idaho. Standal did some volunteer work at the Commission before being hired in her new position.

Standal has always loved the library but got interested in school libraries and youth services when her children started school and she began volunteering in their school’s media center. She has been in the library field for four years and feels that her biggest success as a media coordinator was changing the perception of how media centers can be used in schools. If students and teachers don’t come to the media center for help, they won’t see the wonderful resources there. She managed to get people to come in to collaborate and use the library. Her biggest challenge was keeping her collection current with no funding.

Standal is currently trying to meet as many school librarians as she can to get input about issues affecting Idaho’s public school libraries. She is “learning the ropes” of her new position and looking forward to serving Idaho’s school library community. So if you see an ICfL table at an Idaho Library Association conference, stop by and introduce yourself.