Dr. Jen Cannell – Recipient Of The 2018 Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a School Library System Director whose work exemplifies six areas of consideration: professional leadership, professional service, information sharing, collaboration, quality programs and creative service.
Jen Cannell, Ed.D., SLS Coordinator for Capital Region BOCES School Library System, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 SLSA Distinguished Service Award.
Speech from the Evening:
What’s in a name? It’s often the first item of information we receive about a person. I’ve known Jen for several years and discovered that what’s in her name is appropriate for this year’s distinguished service award.
According to Urban Dictionary, the name Jen is a unique sweetheart who is extremely understanding, open and honest. Her generosity makes for a heart of gold and beautiful soul. A reason why people like her is that she has a history of rising above difficulty. Willful, assertive, passionate, and orderly she has much life experience learning from mistakes and hard work to become genuine and independent. Because of this, she has a quiet confidence and speaks truth.
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right,”
Jen, your last name contains the word Can and when given a task, you frequently, if not always, Nail it!
So, If you need someone who will tirelessly advocate for New York’s School Library systems, school Libraries, and school librarians, Jen CANNELL it!
If you need someone who will professionally represent the School Library systems association on NYLA’s Section of School Librarians, Jen CANNELL it!
If you need someone who will effectively serve on New York Library Association’s Legislative Committee, Jen CANNELL it!
Jen prepared talking points on school library systems which was then communicated to the State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology and she Nailed it.
Passionate about increasing school librarians’ capacity for leadership, Jen serves as an example to all within the library profession.
Please help me congratulate Dr. Jen Cannell in receiving this year’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to school librarianship and the School Library systems association of New York State.