Professionals: Jennifer Brower
Jennifer Brower is the Library Media Specialist at New Haven High School, IN. Mrs. Brower is a strong advocate for school libraries and is active in the Indiana Library Foundation (ILF), the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She is the current AISLE Treasurer. Jenn has attended ISTE Conferences and was a recent presenter for the Librarian Network Playground there.
Before making the leap to the high school libary, Jenn was an elementary teacher for eight years at Central Noble Community Schools (IN).
In January of her first year at New Haven, Mrs. Brower was recognized (212 Degree Award) for her work: "She has initiated changes in the library to give students access to more young adult literature and has updated the program to reflect the skills and tools students need for the 21st Century. She held our First Annual Book Fair to raise money for (the) library and started a Book Club for students who love to read. She helps maintain the school web-site and assists teachers and students with technology, including training for smart boards, databases, web 2.0 tools, etc. She has volunteered to be the Team Manager of the TechFest12 Top Gamers team and serves on the Indiana Library Federation's Eliot Rosewater Committee. We are so lucky to have her in our building and her initiative is inspiring to many."
Jenn Brower was the recipient of the ILF / AISLE 2012 Outstanding New Media Specialist Award. A nominator wrote that "her collaborative, energizing personality helps others engage in change."
In addition to running the library and being the main support system for the 1:1 iPad initiative; Jenn also supervises both the Channel 86 Daily News and a Video Projects class. Even though iPads are a large part of her responsibility, she has also started a Makerspace in her school l ibrary.
Jenn Brower uses social media to promote library-related events and services. You can follow her on Twitter @Cybrarian_Jenn
In a recent email, Jenn shared her willingness to share her experiences and expertise: "I can definitely fill them in on what happens when iPads take over the world. :-)"