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President:  Karla Barkman


District Librarian/Technology Coach, KPBSD

Karla currently works as the District Librarian/Technology Integration Coach for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Her duties include providing support and professional development to school library staff as well as providing technology support and professional development for KPBSD teachers. Karla has worked as a Teacher/Librarian for the KBPSD for more than 20 years. She has experience working in elementary, middle and high school libraries.  Karla completed a Masters in Library and Information Technology in 2010. She lives with her husband, daughter, 3 cats and a horse in Soldotna.

President-Elect: Jill Gann

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Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School, KPBSD

Jill is currently the librarian at Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School in the KPBSD school district. Prior to this she spent 14 years working as an elementary librarian and PE teacher, a middle school librarian and a high school librarian in the Anchorage School District. She has a passion for teaching, a love of reading and share that excitement with anyone who will listen. Living on the Kenai Peninsula provides many opportunities for adventures in the outdoors. She loves to fish, hike and bike if she is not curled up with a good book.

Past President: Sheryl Wittig

Auke Bay Elementary School, Juneau

Sheryl Wittig has been the librarian & music teacher at Auke Bay Elementary since 2009.  In a diverse teaching career prior to becoming a school librarian, she was the gifted & talented teacher at Riverbend Elementary for the twelve years prior to becoming a librarian, and spent the first eight years of her teaching career teaching in logging camps for Southeast Island School District. She earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in Music and Politics, an MAT from Alaska Pacific University with a major in Elementary Education, and completed the University of Washington School Library Professional program in 2011.  She lives in Juneau with her husband and two children, 13 and 12 and plays the bassoon with the Juneau Symphony.

Secretary:  Deborah Rinio


Hutchison High School, Fairbanks

Deborah Rinio is the librarian at Hutchison High School. She moved to Alaska in 2003 after finishing her MA from the University of Arizona. Since she began pursuit of her masters, she has worked in elementary, middle, and high school libraries as well as governmental, academic, and public libraries. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Treasurer:  Laura Guest


Turnagain Elementary School, Anchorage

Laura Guest is the librarian at Turnagain Elementary School in Anchorage. She worked as a high school librarian and as a library/media adjunct professor at Indiana State University. Prior to becoming a library teacher she was a high school vocational business teacher and adjunct professor for several community colleges. Guest holds a Masters of Business Education, Library Certification from Indiana State University and is a National Board Certified Library Teacher K-12. She lives in Wasilla and enjoys camping, fishing and exploring Alaska by ATV.

Region 1 Rep (Northern): Deborah Tice

North Pole Middle School, Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District

Deborah has been a librarian in the state for eight years and served on the AkASL executive board as a region representative for two years. She is currently working as the librarian for North Pole Middle School in Fairbanks. Her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science was earned from University of Southern Mississippi. She currently is the editor for the school’s newsletter, and she feels that the skills she employs in pushing out the school’s newsletter will transfer to a method of communication between districts in the northern region and between the region and the E-board of AkASL. She is also doggedly tired-less when it comes to getting in communication with membership. It has been a goal of hers to become more active in advocacy and professional endeavors and appreciates the opportunity to serve as the Northern region rep.

Region 2 Rep (South Central): Julie Doepken

Seward Elementary School, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Julie is the Librarian at Seward Elementary in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. This is her 4th year working there and prior to that she worked as a Librarian in the Anchorage School District. She lives with her family in Seward, Alaska.

Region 3 Rep (Anchorage): David Adkins-Brown

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Ravenwood Elementary School, Anchorage

David Adkins-Brown is currently working as the librarian at Ravenwood Elementary School.  He has also been librarian at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Oregon, he has traveled the world and returned to Alaska. He recently finished his degree in Management of Library and Information Science and has a love for information literacy and continuing education. In his free time (who is he kidding. Free time?) He enjoys coding, cultures, and corgis.

Region 4 Rep (Southeast):  Julie Leary


Harborview Elementary School, Juneau

Julie Leary is the librarian at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau.  She has worked as a school librarian for 13 years. Prior library experience includes over 10 years working in various departments with Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a BA in Management and the Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast, and she just completed the School Library Endorsement from University of Montana. In her spare time she plays hockey, and loves to explore the Arctic regions of our state and looks forward each summer to a river rafting trip.

Membership:  Katie Conover


Mat-Su Central, Wasilla

Over the past 18 years she has taught children in grades K-8, serving as a physical education teacher, classroom teacher, Title I teacher, reading specialist, technology specialist, and middle school math and science teacher. Then, nine years ago, she discovered school library and fell in love. She completed a Masters in Arts in Information and Communication Technology in 2002 (University of Otago, New Zealand) and a School Library Professional Certificate in 2008 (University of Washington). In 2011, Katie completed her National Board Certification in Library Media. She is currently the librarian at Mat-Su Central School.

Grants Coordinator:  Lynn McNamara


Scenic Park Elementary School, Anchorage

Lynn McNamara has been the librarian at Scenic Park Elementary in Anchorage for the last 12 years.  Before that she was librarian at Polaris K-12 for 6 years, Girdwood K-8 for 3 years and Nikiski Jr./Sr. High for 3 years.  Prior to getting her Masters of Library Science degree at the University of Arizona she  taught 5 years as an elementary teacher in  Silverton, Colorado and an additional 5 years teaching classes for the gifted and language arts K-12 on the Kenai Peninsula.


Awards Chair: Jill Gann

Librarian, Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School, KPBSD


Battle of the Books:  Shelly Logsdon
Wasilla High School, Wasilla

Battle of the Books:  Erika Drain
Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka

Puffin Online Newsletter:  Karina Reyes


Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau


Online Communication Coordinator (web):  Raandi Miller

Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau

Alaska State Library, School Library Consultant:
Jared Shucha

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Alaska State Library/SERRC

Jared Shucha has worked in libraries of all types, including five years in school libraries in Wisconsin and Alaska.  He has also worked in the non-profit education world for over ten years and is currently an education specialist at SERRC.  Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and MA in Information and Learning Technologies from University of Colorado – Denver.  He lives in Juneau.