May 18, 2009
For immediate release
West Orient librarian named best in state
West Orient Middle School Librarian Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn has been selected “Oregon 2009 Secondary School Librarian of the Year” by the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), the professional group for school librarians and media specialists throughout the state.
Fitzpatrick-Bjorn was selected from numerous highly-qualified candidates who were nominated by their school principals or other school personnel.
This is the highest award given by the OASL, which each year honors one exemplary elementary school librarian, one secondary school librarian, one district librarian, one school library paraprofessional, and one school or district administrator.
OASL received a number of nominations for the awards this year; Fitzpatrick-Bjorn stood out above the other highly qualified candidates with the depth and breadth of her school library program at West Orient Middle School. She incorporates reading promotion, research skills instruction, technology use and collaboration with classroom teachers while running an exemplary school library.
Fitzpatrick-Bjorn will be honored during a banquet on October 10 at the Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference in Salem, OR.