UNION — The South Carolina Association of School Librarians has elected Sims Middle School Librarian Jennifer Tazerouti as its newest President-Elect.
In a statement released earlier this week, the SCASL announced that Tazerouti had been elected President-Elect during the organization’s 39th Annual Conference on March 14 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Heathery Loy, Immediate Past and Elections Chair, said that Tazerouti’s election was historic because it was the first time two candidates were presented for President-Elect. The other candidate was Samantha McManus, School Librarian for Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill. Loy said that both Tazerouti and McManus spoke briefly to the conference’s General Business Meeting prior to the election.
“We had two very capable and talented candidates,” Loy said.
Tazerouti said Friday morning that she was “deeply honored and thankful for this wonderful opportunity. I’m the first elected President-Elect in the history of the organization. I think that’s pretty cool.”
After serving as President-Elect, Tazerouti said she will then serve as President and then as Past President. She said she will hold each office for one year.
Tazerouti said that as President-Elect she will have a number of responsibilities including organizing SCASL’s next conference.
“The President-Elect’s job is to run our annual conference and this year its our 40th annual conference,” Tazerouti said. “That’s what I’ve been entrusted with as President-Elect.”
In addition, Tazerouti said holding the office will require her to travel and she hopes to use those trips as opportunities to learn and make contacts that will help accomplish the goal she has set for herself as she fulfills her duties.
“As President-Elect they’ll send me to national conferences,” Tazerouti said. “For example ALA (American Library Association) is being held in Las Vegas in June. I get to go to that.
“This is going to provide me with lots of opportunities to bring back ideas and information to the students and teachers of Union,” she said. “My goal is to have the students benefit from me being President-Elect and President.”
On a personal note, Tazerouti said the conferences she will be attending will also give her the opportunity “to meet some famous authors and I’m looking forward to that.”
Tazerouti thanked Sims Principal Mickey Connolly and Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall for supporting her becoming SCASL President-Elect.
“I would not have been able to accept even the nomination without the support of Mr. Connolly and Dr. Woodall.”
The South Carolina Association of School Librarians provides a voice of advocacy for the school library profession, working tirelessly to equip librarians with tools useful in convincing decision makers to recognize the school library and school library program as a significant factor in impacting learning and increased student achievement. The association is currently in the initial stage of conducting a statewide research study documenting the impact of school libraries on student achievement.