The YALSA Legislative Committee is pleased to announce our April Advocate of the Month (sorry, a few days late!): Dr.’ Sharyl G. Smith.

She is the former State Specialist for School Library Media at the Utah State Office of Education. According to Matt McClain who nominated Dr. Smith, “she was instrumental in lobbying efforts to the Utah State Legislature during the 2011 Legislative Session.” Dr. Smith gained $600,000 in additional funding for books and electronic resources for school media centers around the state.

Here is a link about Dr. Smith’s efforts.

Thank you to Sharyl and all the advocates out there for libraries. If you know someone deserving of the YALSA Advocate of Month recognition, please nominate them here.

3 Thoughts on “YALSA Advocate of the Month

  1. Sharyl has been a vital advocate for school libraries in Utah. She is passionate, informed, and energetic. This award is well-deserved!

  2. Diana Hanke on May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm said:

    Sharyl Smith is a tireless school library advocate. She advocates for certified school library media teachers in the state, and she devotes herself each year to maintain and build upon the legislative funding for Utah’s school library media centers. We love her and are grateful for all that she does!

  3. JaDene Dennisotn on May 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm said:

    Sharyl has been a leader for school libraries for years in the state of Utah. She has devoted herself and her husband for years to provide information about the importance of certified school library teachers. Sharyl, you are so loved and deserve this award. Thanks for all you have done for the children of Utah.

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