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Gwin Librarian Wins Statewide Award

Jennifer Northrup

August 12, 2019
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(GWIN)Jennifer Northrup has always been keen to mold her passion for technology with her role as librarian at Gwin Elementary School.

This came to the fore early in the summer of 2019 as she was the recipient of the Alabama School Library Association’s (ASLA) Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award.

northrup receiving award Nominated by fellow Gwin educator Enrichment Specialist Traci Ingleright and Tarrant High School librarian Jennifer Powell, Northrup was honored at the ASLA’s summer conference.

“It’s nice to see the fruits of my labor and that of the students be recognized,” Northrup said. “I’ve always had a passion for technology in education. I do it for the students and take great pleasure in them embracing the digital narrative.”

While there was no financial award, Northrup was delighted to be recognized.

“I so enjoy the collaboration with teachers and students as we all continue with new digital literacy programs that enhance computer science standards.  I also put together professional development sessions for the teachers at Gwin, for the district-wide PD days and across the state.”

The award honors librarians who of course exhibit innovative and effective technology integration - but also display outstanding leadership, collaboration, and communication skills - among other criteria.

This honor is named for a long-time educator of the same name, Ann Marie Pipkin.  Pipkin retired in 2011 from a distinguished career at both Hoover High School and the Alabama School of Fine Arts - a career collectively spanning some 20 years. Among her many accolades, Pipkin received the ASLA’s Eminent Librarian Award in 2016 and its Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

For the 2019-2020 School Year, Jennifer Northrup enters her third year at Gwin.  Previously, she was a librarian at both Oak Mountain Elementary and Forest Hills Elementary in Florence. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Library Media Science from Auburn University - with her Master’s in the same specialty from the University of West Alabama.

northrup's library at gwin elementary in Hoover Alabama