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Robbie Nickel's picture


Welcome to the AASL Bylaws & Organization Committee!

I want to invite you to introduce yourself to the other committee members. 

I am Robbie Nickel and work at Sage Elementary School in Spring Creek, Nevada. We are a K-5 school with about 560 students and part of the Elko County School District. I have been at the school for several years, but have also worked at a K-12 school and in the public library field. I served on the Bylaws and Organization Committee several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the work. Having just left the AASL Board I am also familiar with the overall revision of the Bylaws. We should have a good time with new material and helping to pick up any loose ends found as the Bylaws get a second look.

Spring Creek is just outside of Elko and at the foot of the Ruby Mountains. We have already had our first snowfall. My husband and I enjoy walking with our golden retriever, Samwise, and our border collie, Gimli. We also have a cat who thinks he is a dog, so he also goes on a leash on occasion. 

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Lori Donovan's picture

My name is Lori Donovan, and I am the K-12 Library Services Specialist for Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia. We are the 5th largest school division in Virginia with just over 60,000 students and 63 schools. We are located just outside Richmond. I have been in this position for 6 years, and before that, I was in a high school library.

This is my second year on the committee, and I am enjoying getting to know the organization better through this committee. 


Devona Pendergrass's picture

Hi Robbie, Great to be the liaison to your committee.  To introduce myself I live in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas.  We are literally surrounded by the Norfork River, White River and the Buffalo National River as well as the Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes.  We are the largest school district in the area so we have to travel many miles for events.  We are about 3 hours from any major population areas so a well developed curriculum and vibrant technology and library programs are essential to our students success.  I have been in the district since 1985 and in my current position since 2000.  15 years ago we switched from a traditional high school to a charter conversion school with 3 career academies and we have never looked back.  I also serve the district as lead librarian and I am responsible for our PLC as well as our professional development training, software and other projects.  
I have raised my two boys and now have time to devote to AASL and my other career passions.  I love to piece quilt tops, read, travel (luckily my husband loves to drive)  and when i can play the penny slots. LOL

Devona J. Pendergrass, NBCTMountain Home High School Career Academies Library500 Bomber Blvd.Mountain Home, AR 72653870-425-2541dpendergrass@mhbombers.com
American Association of School Librarians Board of DirectorsArkansas Association of Instructional Media Treasurer and Exhibit ChairArkansas Library Paraprofessionals Chair Arkansas Library Association Executive Board

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Devona Pendergrass

Ann Marie Pipkin's picture

I believe that this will be my 25th year in ALA and AASL. I am currently President of the Retired Members Round Table and on the ALA Conference Restructuring committee. I enjoy working on cross-divisional committees. My committee work with AASL has prepared me for working with others, and hearing the similarities and differences across the larger organization is inspiring.  I love working on conference committees and reading what other librarians are doing across this country and the world. I often volunteer to read applications for a variety of events. One of my most rewarding support efforts is being on the Emerging Leaders selection team. 
I am retired after 32 years in teaching and librarianship. My husband and I live  in Alabama on a lake. Our time is filled with community volunteer activities, church work, traveling and enjoying our four grandchildren. 
I look forward to helping and serving on this committee. 

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Ann Marie Pipkin Library Media Specialist (retired) from 32 years of teaching

2017    RMRT Chair

2016    Alabama Library Eminent Librarian Award Recipient



Anne Trice Akers's picture

Hi Everyone,

After 20+ years as an elementary, middle, and high school librarian, I went back to school and got my Ph.D.  Now I am the school library program coordinator at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.  It is my dream job.  

After several years of searching, my husband and I finally found a small farm in Franklinton, NC (near Raleigh).  We've had dachshunds since we were first married, so we decided to name our farm Two Dachshund Farm.  We currently have 3 donkeys, 4 alpacas, a llama, and a horse (along with the two dachshunds, of course) and a Walker hound that showed up at our house this spring.  I love working with fiber (knitting, crochet, weaving, felting) so that's where the fiber animals come in.  We hope to add another llama, goats, and sheep to the mix in the near future and probably some chickens and guinea hens.  My husband is trying his hand at bee keeping and is exploring raising blueberries and hops. 

This is my second year on this committee, and I am looking forward to working with all of you. 

Anne Akers

Anne Trice T. Akers, Ph.D.
School Library Program Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Library and Information Studies

Lisa Brakel's picture

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry to be so late coming to this party.  This is my first year to serve on the AASL Board of Directors.  I have been assigned to this committee as one of the board liaisons along with Devona Pendergrass.  I am also serving as a board liaison for the School Librarians as Leaders task force.  Prior to coming to the board I was serving on the K-12 Regional Accrediting task force and I will finish that commitment soon.  That particular task force was a result of a concern that came out of Region 3 while I was serving as one of two affiliate representatives for my state organization MAME, Michigan Association for Media in Education.

By day I am a K-12 District Media Specialist for a small school district just south of Detroit, Michigan, Airport Community Schools.  I am the only school librarian left standing in our large two county region.  Our district is proud of the fact that we have libraries in each of our five schools and we have one school librarian, me.

By night and on weekends I am finishing up my three year commitment (President Elect, President, Immediate Past President) with my state organization, MAME.  My term will end in December.  It has been my honor to serve alongside some of the most dedicated professionals in our field.  It has been the high point of my career. We are presently preparing for our state conference and are very excited to be hosting Jason See from Follett School Solutions for our pre-conference and Shannon McClintock Miller, spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians, as our closing keynote.

My biggest priority in life is still my family, my husband Tim is a professor of music at the University of Toledo, my youngest son is a freshman this year at the same university and my oldest son graduated from there, with honors, last December.

I am still astounded that I have the opportunity to work alongside all of you whose names I have grown accustomed to seeing in my professional publications.  I plan to learn a great deal from all of you and I hope that I do have something to offer to this great organization!  I hope to see all of you at the upcoming AASL National Conference in Phoenix.




Lisa Brakel, M.Ed., M.L.S.
District Librarian, Airport Community Schools, Carleton, Michigan
eMail: brakel1930@gmail.com