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Another graduate of the IUPUI-SLIS program, Robyn Young is the library media specialist at Avon High School. Set in the western suburbs of Indianapolis, Avon High School opened in 1999 and now serves a diverse body of over 2,400 grade 9-12 students. Eighty percent of Avon graduates attend college, and their marching band has been the state champion for seven years in a row.

Avon High School Media Center Website

Robyn is a frequent guest lecturer for the S671 School Media course. She serves as a member of the Leadership Team at Avon High School. Her leadership skills extend from her Avon school to roles in state and national professional organizations. Robyn frequently presents sessions at AIME, ILF, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) meetings, and at AASL conferences. A strong advocate for school library media programs, she presented “We Are Not Your Old School Library…We Are So Much More Than That” at the Mar. 2007 PTA Legislative Day in Indianapolis. From 2003-2006 Robyn chaired ILF / AIME's Committee for Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Library Media Programs. She developed guidelines for the creation of the Exemplary School Media Programs and chaired the Selection Committee. More recently, Robyn was the 2008 AIME President (Association for Indiana Media Educators). During 2007-2008 she was an IN designate to the Affiliate Assembly of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Robyn is currently working with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to help develop Correlation Standards between the Indiana Academic Standards and the AASL Learning Standards for the 21st Century.

In 2002 Robyn received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant; funds were used to facilitate remote access to the school's library catalog (library automation system). In 2004 she received the American Association of School Librarians / Highsmith Research Grant Award to investigate the use of graphic novels with special education students and their ability to perform on standardized tests based upon introduction of this format. Learn more at Graphic Novels Boost Interest in Reading among Students with Disabilities. In 2006 Robyn was named the Outstanding Media Specialist of the Year by the Indiana Library Federation. And in 2007 she received the ABC - Clio / American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Leadership Grant to begin a mentoring program for library media specialists in Indiana.

Robyn has also written and published articles in journals of the library media professions. Recent articles include:

(Mar./Apr. 2009) Attending National Library Legislative Day: Why is it Important? Library Media Connection; 27(5), 30-31 (Access to PDF document requires password login).

(Jan. 2008) Eight Easy Steps to Maintain and Increase the Library Media Center Budget. Library Media Connection; 26(4), 26-27 (Access to PDF document requires password login).

(Jan. 2007) Graphically Speaking: The Importance of Graphic Books in a School Library Collection. Library Media Connection; 25(4), 26-28 (Access to PDF document requires password login).

(2006) A Collaborative Effort: Importance of the Relationship between School Libraries and the University. Indiana Libraries; 25(3), 16-17 (Access to PDF document requires password login).


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