Sarah Culp Searles
Library Media Services Specialist, Knoxville, TN
Sarah Culp Searles is the K-12 District Specialist in Library Media Services for the Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she serves 87 librarians, more than 8,000 staff, and nearly 60,000 students. She is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board of Directors and has previously served on the Boards of both the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Her work includes numerous presentations at national and state conferences, including ALA, AASL, and NCTE, and has been published in School Library Connection. As a district leader, she focuses on building librarians’ leadership capacity and supporting innovation in library programs through professional development and collaboration with administrators and other stakeholders. Prior to entering district leadership, she was a librarian at West High School in Knox County, where she and her co-librarian were honored in 2011 with their library’s designation as a stop on AASL president Nancy Everhart’s Vision Tour. Searles is a proud Lilead Fellow and graduate of the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences.