University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Ph.D. in Information Science, College of Information, Library Science and Technologies, 2014. Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) fellow. Research topic: "The influence of engagement with nontraditional text format on student attitudes towards the high school library."
Samford University, Homewood, Alabama. M.S.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, with Educational Leadership certification, 2011
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama, M.L.I.S., 2001
Graduate Council fellow. Advanced work in online technology and information sources.
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama, M.A. in English, 1999
Dean's List, four semesters. Concentration on intertextuality.
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, B.A. in Art History and Studio Art, 1995
Concentrations: Twentieth-century art and printmaking.
Assistant Professor and Library Media Program Chair, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, fall 2015 to present. Courses include LM 511 Collection Development, LM 515 Management of Media Centers, LM 520 Reference, LM 550 Instructional Design and LM 515 Internship
Instructor, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, spring 2012, LM 514 Cataloging and Classification of Media, Spring 2013, LM 512 Young Adult Literature, and LM 515 Internship, Dr. Betty Morris
Adjunct Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, 2007-08, Faculty for SLIS 5208, Learning Resources Organization and Management, Dr. Carol Simpson
Instructor, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Alabama, 1999 to 2000
Taught classes in developmental reading, writing, and college English.
ALA-Accredited MLIS, National Board Certified in Library Media, Google Certified Teacher (NYC '08)
Cullman City Schools District Library Media coordinator. Work with high school faculty and students includes technology integration and school-wide benchmark testing. As member of school leadership team, involved in planning for new library construction, accreditation, and state monitoring. Service on district Schools Foundation and as Governor's High Hopes representative.
Librarian, Buckhorn High School, New Market, Alabama, 2003 to 2012
Provide instruction, reader's advisory, reference and curriculum support in a grades 9-12 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon designee school. Allocated annual budget, managed networked computer resources. Served on Budget, Technology, and Literacy Committees and Building Leadership Team. Selected as Teacher of the Year, 2006-2007. 21st Century Learning Fellow, one of 10 teachers statewide funded by Microsoft Partners in Learning and Alabama Best Practices Center initiative, 2005-06.
Other Professional Experience
Training and Integration Consultant, Sirsi Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama, 2001 to 2003
A consulting librarian position requiring extensive travel as a representative of the automation company. Weeks on-site involve configuring servers and networked software and consulting with system administrators, librarians, and paraprofessionals on both product capabilities and best practice with regard to implementing new technology. Additional contract work creating cataloging documentation, July 2003.
Features writer, The Madison Spirit, Madison, Alabama, 1998 to 2000
Developed, reported and wrote articles on a freelance basis for a zone publication of The Huntsville Times.
Weather producer, WAAY-TV, Channel 31, Huntsville, Alabama, 1996 to 1998
Created forecast models using SGI's UNIX variant. Maintained weather department web site. Also edited raw video and produced weekly local public service program.
American Library Association (ALA), member since 2000
- ALA Committee on Education, 2016-17
- EMIERT Board of Directors, 2014-17
- AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School-Public Library Cooperation, 2014-15
- ALSC/Booklist/YALSA Odyssey Audiobook Award Committee, 2014-15
- ALA representative, United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Board of Directors, 2013-16
- ALA Council elected At-Large Representative, 2011-2014
- AASL Representative, ALA-Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Digital Literacy Task Force, 2012-13
- American Library Association Website Advisory Board internship, 2010-12; YALSA representative 2012-13
- ALA Emerging Leader, 2008
- Contributor to A Gathering of Readers, ALA President Loriene Roy’s digital library of native authors
American Association of School Librarians (AASL), member since 2004
- Director, Region V, 2016-19
- Co-manager, AASL Blog, 2009-2012
- Committee member, AASL Blog, 2008-2010
- Committee member, AASL Website Resource Guides Editorial Board, 2008-2010
- Committee member, AASL Web 2.0 Task Force, 2008-09
Association for Library Services for Children, member since 2007
- Louise Seaman Bechtel Research Fellowship, Baldwin Collection at the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, 2016
- Mildred E. Batchelder Award Committee, 2016
Young Adult Library Services Association, member since 2005
- YALSA Nonfiction Award Committee, 2017-18
Committee member, YALSA Advocacy Task Force, 2014-15
YALSA Unit Liaison, the Freedom to Read Foundation, 2014-15
Committee chair, YALSA Website Advisory Board, 2012-13
Committee member, YALSA Task Force on Social Networking, 2011-12
Alabama Library Association (ALLA), since 2005
- Chair, Emeritus Council, 2016-17
- Past-president, Nominating chair and Association Planning chair, 2015-16
- President, 2014-15
- Young Adult Services Round Table (YASRT) Secretary, 2014-15
- President-elect, 2013-14
- Conference Committee, Program Planning, 2014
- Awards Committees, 2013, 2014 & 2015
- Conference Committee, School Library Liaison, 2010
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), SIGMS, since 2008
Freedom to Read Foundation, since 2013
United States Board on Books for Young People, since 2012, Alabama State Ambassador, 2014-16
Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools, since 2011
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), since 2010
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN), since 2009
Beta Phi Mu, Beta Phi Chapter, library honor society, since 2002
Sigma Tau Delta, International English honor society, since 1998
PublicationsValenza, J.K. & Stephens, W.S. (2015) "Challenging channels: School librarians and evolving literacies." The Journal of Media Literacy 63, 1. 28-38.
Stephens, W.S. (Spring 2015). “Shifting teen services for a new school space.” Young Adult Library Services. 13-14.
Stephens, W.S. (September/October 2014). "Testing under the microscope." Knowledge Quest 43, 1. 30-35.
Stephens, W.S. (Spring 2014). "Checking out tomorrow's school library collections." Young Adult Library Services. 17-19.
Stephens, W. S. (Fall 2013). "The future of school libraries." Young Adult Library Services. 4-8.
Stephens, Wendy & Sarah Fanning. (January/February 2013). "Bring your own excitement." Library Media Connection, 12-13.
Stephens, W.S. (November/December 2012). "Amplify your professional knowledge through RSS." Knowledge Quest 41, 2. 26-28.
Stephens, W.S. (August/September 2012). "One semester circulating e-readers: one high school's pilot project." Library Media Connection, 40-41.
Stephens, W. S. (Summer 2012). "In a more digital direction." Young Adult Library Services, 58-61.
Valenza, J.K. & Stephens, W.S. (March 2012). "Reading remixed." Educational Leadership 69, 6. 75-79.
Stephens, W.S. (January/February 2012). "Deploying ereaders without buying ebooks." Knowledge Quest 40, 3. 40-43.
Stephens, W. S. (May/June 2011). "The school librarian as leader: out of the middle, into the foreground." Knowledge Quest 39, 5. 18-21.
Stephens, W. S. (June 2010) "Books are more than files: teens skeptical about ereading." VOYA, 124-125.
Stephens, W. S. (2008) "'Evidence from student voices: finding meaning in intellectual freedom." Knowledge Quest 37, 2. 44-48.
Stephens, W. S. (2008) "'Not all good or all bad: listening to student perspectives on book banning." Forbidden fruit: the censorship of literature and information for young people. S. McNicol, ed. Boca Raton: Brown Thomas, 67-76.
Stephens, W. S. (May/June 2008) "Report from the Forbidden Fruit Conference." Knowledge Quest 36, 5.
Faber, T., Li,. R, Puacz, J.H. & W.S. Stephens. (2007) "Evaluating virtual reference in an academic library." Virtual reference on a budget: case studies. T. Dalston & M. Pullin, eds. Columbus, Ohio: Linworth, 97-144.
Stephens, W. S. (March/April 2007) "Digital frontier: Schools, libraries, and adventure." Knowledge Quest 35, 4. 70-2.
Faber, T., Li,. R, Puacz, J.H. & W.S. Stephens. (2007) "Information needs and information seeking behavior in an academic virtual reference environment ." Educational Media and Technology Yearbook 32. M. Orey, V.J. McClendon, & R.M. Branch, eds. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 128-139.
Stephens, W. (November/December 2005) "How to easily improve real access to all aspects of your collection." Library Media Connection 24, 3. 54-5.
James Patterson Pledge to School Libraries, 2015,$4000,
Operation Round-up, 2012, e-reader project grant, 2013, voluntary reading project grant
Cullman City Schools Foundation, 2012 materials grant, 2013 materials grant
YALSA/Dollar General Teens Top Ten Grant, 2011, materials grant, 2013 materials grant
Dollar General Back-to-School Grant, 2010, $3000, for materials which appeal to teen boys
ALA/NEH We the People Bookshelf, 2006 & 2008, materials grant
Best Buy te@ch award winner, 2006, $2500, for multimedia equipment
Schools Foundation award winner, 2005, $420, for nonfiction materials in graphic format
"The relationship of visual literacy preferences and student attitudes towards libraries and reading," Educators of School Librarians Section panel, American Association of School Librarians, Columbus, OH, November 7, 2015.
"Making a change: new tools for expanding digital literacy," with Maggie Crawford of the Newseum, American Association of School Librarians, Columbus, OH, November 7, 2015.
"Teacher to teacher: highlights of ANEW summer institute." Panel presentation at Newseum Teacher Open House, October 4, 2014.
"Teen spaces 201," YALSA panel, American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 30, 2014.
"Around the world in thirty sites: web-based resources to increase global awareness." Alabama School Library Association conference, Irondale, Alabama, June 2, 2014, and Alabama Educational Technology Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, June 4, 2014.
"Transliteracy in practice," with Carolyn Starkey, Alabama Library Association, Huntsville, Alabama, April 23, 2014.
"Virtual author visits at your library," Alabama Library Association Public Library Division Winter Mini-Conference, January 30, 2014.
“Professional membership & service: what does It mean to really serve and how does it help me?" Panel discussion. University of Alabama SLIS Alumni Day, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 11, 2013.
"BYOD in practice." AASL Concurrent Session, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 2013.
"Real world budgets" and "Real world technology," AASL Preconference, Real World, Real Tools, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 27, 2013.
"It's been digitized! Teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. " Alabama Educational Technology Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, June 12, 2013 and Alabama School Library Association, Irondale, Alabama, June 10, 2013.
"Finding not searching," Tennessee Association of School Librarians, Murphreesboro, Tennessee, October 26, 2012.
"ereading in the school library," Tennessee Association of School Librarians, Murphreesboro, Tennessee, October 26, 2012.
"Top tech trends for school libraries," Tennessee Association of School Librarians Preconference, Murphreesboro, Tennessee, October 25, 2012.
"Teen tech talk," Georgia Council of Media Organizations Youth Services Preconference, Macon, Georgia, October 3, 2012.
"World wide wows," Alabama Educational Technology Conference, Trussville, Alabama, June 13, 2012
"Creating tomorrow's leaders today: A guided conversation about leadership programs," with Sara Kelly Johns, Moderator,
Gwyneth Jones, Margaux DelGuidice, Shannon McClintock Miller, and Laura Warren-Gross. American Association of School Librarians National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 28, 2011.
"Optimal Google searching and online Google docs," Alabama Education Association, Huntsville, Alabama. September 17, 2011.
American Library Association Virtual Conference, July 17, 2011.
“Reading on the screen,” YALSA Pecha Kucha, American Library Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 26, 2011 and
“Digital equity and the school librarian,” Alabama Educational Technology Conference Library Media Symposium opening remarks, Birmingham, Alabama, June 15, 2011.“Reading with Google,” Alabama Educational Technology Conference Library Media Symposium, Birmingham, Alabama, June 15, 2011.
“eBooks go to school: limitations and possibilities for instruction and leisure reading” with Carolyn Starkey. Computers in Libraries Internet@Schools East Conference, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2011.“How ‘e’ to be,” with Angela Carstensen, Frances Jacobson Harris, and Laura Pearle. Computers in Libraries Internet@Schools East Conference, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2011. "Want to be a Nationally Board Certified Teacher?" with Cathy Nelson. ISTE SIGMS webinar, May 26, 2010. slides, archived webinar
"Tap into twitter," with Marianne Lennox and Cheryl Burnette, Alabama Library Association, Huntsville, Alabama, April 14, 2010
"Flip your collection," with Laura Pearle and Buffy Hamilton, Alabama Library Association Preconference, New Market, Alabama, April 13, 2010.
"Web 2.0 meets the standards for the 21st century learner." with Pam Berger, Floyd Pentlin, Lisa Perez, Joyce Valenza and Robin Williams. American Library Association, Chicago, Illinois. July 12, 2009.
"Library learning tools smackdown." with Karen Kliegman, Cathy Jo Nelson, Joyce Valenza and Keisa Williams. National Educational Computing Conference. Washington, D.C. June 29, 2009.
"Reading spells success: daring to confront the challenges of adolescent literacy." with Tommy Ledbetter, Sarah Fanning, and Tracy Wilson. National Association of Secondary School Principals. San Diego, California. February 28, 2009.
"Closing the achievement gap through whole-school literacy initiatives." with Tommy Ledbetter, Sarah Fanning, and Tracy Wilson. National Association of Secondary School Principals. San Diego, California. February 26, 2009.
"When the teacher makes them do it: does topic imposition affect student searching?" ALISE 2007 Works-in-Progress, Seattle, Washington.
"Teaching critical thinking and literary analysis using banned books," ALA, New Orleans, Louisiana. June 2006
"The 1961 Cuban literacy campaign and its effect on libraries." Alabama Library Association, Florence, Alabama, April 2006
"Virtual reference: quantitative and qualitative analysis." with Toby Faber Jeanne Holba-Puacz, and Rowena Li. ALISE 2006, San Antonio, Works-in-Progress
Other Professional Experience, Involvement, and Accolades
Named Beta Phi Mu Honor Society Beta Kappa Chapter Librarian of the Year, 2016.
Curriculum Expert, Data Literacy project with University of Michigan School of Information, Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) grant-funded project, 2016-17.
Approaching Walden teacher workshop, Walden Woods Project, Concord, Massachusetts, July 12-17, 2015.
Library Technology Conference, school and rural libraries scholarship funding recipient, Macalester College, March 18-19, 2015.
National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshop Invitee, "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place," Amherst College, July 2014.
Annenberg-Newseum Summer Institute Invitee, July 16-18, 2014.
Doctoral Student Scholarship, Alabama School Library Association, June 2, 2014.
University of North Texas Faculty Research Grant, with Dr. Yunfei Du, summer 2014
National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshop Invitee, "The Most Southern Place on Earth," Delta State University, July 2013.
Distinguished Service Award, Alabama School Library Association, June 10, 2013.
Carrie C. Robinson Award, for an Outstanding School Library Media Program, Alabama School Library Association, June 12, 2012.
Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award, for implementing educational technologies in your library and the American Association of School Librarians, Alabama School Library Association, June 14, 2011.
2009 Chiquita Marbury Technology Award Winner, Alabama State Department of Education, June 9, 2010.
Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Star, 2009
Winner of the Herman Moore Library and Media Professionals (LAMP) Award of Exceptional Service to Alabama School Library Media Centers over time, Alabama Library Expo, September 25, 2008
Participant in Alabama State Department of Education e-learning cohorts for 30-hour courses in Adolescent Literacy, 2007; Leading in 21st Century Schools, 2009; Facilitating an Online Course, 2009; 21st Century Skills Showcase, 2010; and Planning for Technology: Total Cost of Ownership, 2010, Using Google as a 21st Century Administrator, Spring 2014.
University of Michigan, Knight-Wallace Fellow, Accompanying Spouse. Coursework included SI 648 -- InfoCulture: Theory and Method in the History and Sociology of Information Technology, SI 580 -- Understanding Records and Archives, and English 417 -- Graphic Narrative
U.S. Department of State, LITMUS (Leaders in Technology, Math, and Science) Educator exchange, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, October 2006. Study topic: School libraries in Russia.
University of Indiana School of Information, IMLS Summer Seminar on Inquiry-based Education, August 2006
Library of Congress Educators' American Memory Workshop, Women's History, July 2006
ALA Progressive Librarians’ Guild (PLG) Librarians Delegation to Cuban National Library, June 2004. Study topic: The Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961.