Gale Announces New Guest Columnist Reviews from Wendy Stephens Available on

Farmington Hills, Mich., Sept. 8, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the addition of librarian Wendy Stephens as a guest columnist on the Web site.  Stephens will review online and print K-12 reference resources, sharing her insights with librarians, media specialists and others.  Her first installment will be posted to this month.
Stephens, the newest guest columnist for, will be joining fellow librarians to provide critical commentary.  John R.M. Lawrence shares his views on public and academic reference resources and Péter Jacsó, reviews online and CD-ROM products.

Stephens has been a librarian at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama since January 2003. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she has a master’s degree in English literature and attended library school as a Graduate Council Fellow at the University of Alabama. She has also worked as a library systems integration consultant and technology trainer. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Information at the University of North Texas, where her research interests include intellectual freedom in schools, the history and evolution of school libraries and information equity and digital inclusion.

A National Board Certified library media specialist, Stephens was named a 21st Century Fellow by the Alabama Best Practices Center and recognized as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association (ALA). An active member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Stephens sits on the Blog Editorial Board for that organization and on the AASL Web 2.0 Task Force. 

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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