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Mona Batchelor, librarian at McKenzie High School was recently awarded the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians: The Clara Hasbrouck Award. It is awarded …
Mona Batchelor, librarian at McKenzie High School was recently awarded the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians: The Clara Hasbrouck Award. It is awarded annually to a TASL member who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to furthering the cause of school libraries in Tennessee by contributing time, leadership and effort to numerous TASL activities over a period of years.
Krista Grace, TASL Awards Chairperson said Batchelor is always ready to help anyone who in need and is an experienced leader within TASL. Mona is the librarian at McKenzie High School. Mona has served on numerous TASL committees. She is TASL past-president 2014 and past AASL Assembly chair 2016-2017.
Mona has contributed greatly to the organization over the course of many years, beginning by serving on the Awards Committee and then as Western Plains Regional Representative to the Board. For several years, she served as conference registrar.
When the TASL board decided to mount its own website, Mona was the one who worked with the company to design and implement it. For several years following, she served as web manager.
When the Kentucky Association of School Librarians invited the TASL board to participate in their summer conference, Mona was one of the first to sign up. She was part of a group that brainstormed the idea for Camp TASL, the forerunner to today’s TASL Road Trip. She even wrote lyrics to a crazy song that she and Karen Haggard led at Conference to promote Camp TASL. She was an important part of the planning and she travelled statewide the first year to assure everything was ready for our first event.
When Batchelor was asked in 2012 to serve as TASL President-Elect and Conference Chair, she served willingly. She went on to serve as TASL President in 2014.
Since leaving the TASL Board at the end of her term, Mona has continued to represent Tennessee well by serving as the American Association of School Librarians Affiliate Assembly Chair. And, she has never stopped serving as a mentor and a sounding board to the school librarians in Tennessee.
Batchelor is a graduate of McKenzie High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Science in Library Media Education from Western Kentucky University. She and her husband Steve reside in McKenzie and have one grown son, Max.