Bronwyn’s Library Blog

Stephanie Rosalia: The New Poster Girl for School Libraries

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Stephanie Rosalia became a poster girl for school librarians when she made the front page of the New York Times on February 16.

The article, “The Future of Reading: In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update” by Motoko Rich, which featured the Brooklyn-based Rosalia and the key role she plays at her school, became the most emailed story of the day, receiving more than 75 comments from readers and becoming the topic of more than 100 blogs around the world. The newspaper even featured a video about her program and the story appeared in the paper’s February 20 Book Review podcast.

School Library Journal caught up with Rosalia to find out how all this came about and the reaction to her newfound fame.

How did a media specialist from Public School 225 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, end up on the front page of the New York Times?

I received a call one day from the New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who was referred to me by the then president of the American Association of School Librarians, Sara Kelly Johns.

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