Dr. Gayle Bogel Received Award for Significant Achievement to the Library Media Field

Submitted by Lynn Holforty on July 10, 2013

Dr. Gayle Bogel

Dr. Gayle Bogel received the prestigious Hilda and John Jay Award for “significant professional achievement to the library media field at the local, state and national level “at the annual spring dinner of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians on April 25, 2013.

Dr. Bogel received her Master of Library Science Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2000. She served as the Assistant Director and Children’s Librarian at Easton Public Library where she created innovative programming and developed community partnerships with local organizations to support school and public library efforts for youth services and summer reading. She was nominated for the annual Connecticut Library Association Excellence in Library Services Award in 2002. In 2003 Dr. Bogel accepted a position in the public schools in the Easton Redding School District. She guided library programs at Samuel Staples Elementary School and John Read Middle School as a school library media specialist and served as the Director of Learning Resources and Technology for the Redding School District. Dr. Bogel was honored for her work on the 2005 Easton-Redding Region 9 Strategic Planning Committee for chairing the Communication and Community Partnerships task force, and was recognized with the Easton-Redding Region 9 Tri-District Leadership Award in 2006. Also in 2005, Dr. Bogel was awarded a full doctoral fellowship to attend the University of North Texas, the flagship campus of the Texas University System. Funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Bogel worked with a nationally selected cohort of library professionals from school, public and academic libraries, with the goal of preparing new professors to educate the next generation of 21st century library and information professionals. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Science in 2008.

In 2010, Dr. Bogel accepted a position at Fairfield University as assistant professor of Educational Technology. As director, she has guided the Educational Technology program though a migration to online teaching and learning, as well as a complete revision of the school media specialist preparation track based on new accreditation standards. Dr. Bogel has also pursued her research interests in technology and community partnerships, creating new courses, securing funding for a new SMART Board training classroom, as well as initiating the Educational Technology Training Center as a collaborative effort within the University to engage with the social justice mission of the University, and participate in ongoing professional development for pre-service and in-service educators. Most recently Dr. Bogel received a course development grant from the Center for Faith and Public Life in 2012 that resulted in the first service learning course designation in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, and has received an Applied Ethics Summer Research stipend in 2013 for her ongoing investigations into community engaged scholarship and the impact of community partnerships on digital equity.

Dr. Bogel’s commitment to state and national organizations has included extensive work with the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut Association of School Librarians and the Connecticut Library Consortium, where she served as a board member from 2008-2012. She also engaged in state literacy efforts in the annual award selection process for the Connecticut Center for the Book, Library of Congress, the Nutmeg Awards, and the Connecticut State Book Award for children and young adults. Nationally, Dr. Bogel was a founding member and elected officer for the school librarians’ special interest group for the American Educational Research Association, and served as an associate editor for the national Journal of the American Association of School Librarians and a writer/reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal Evidence Based Practice in Library and Information Science. She currently serves as a reviewer for the peer-reviewed Journal of Online Teaching and Learning and as a peer nominated program reviewer for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Dr. Bogel will be presenting her research this fall at the annual conference of the International Association for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

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