Charter Members of the Coalition

Don Barbieri, Chairman of Red Lion Corporation. Served three governors as Economic Development Commissioner and chaired the state's Quality of Life Task Force.

Dr. Mike Eisenberg, founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington. Currently Professor and Dean Emeritus. Dr. Eisenberg, along with Bob Berkowitz, developed the Big6, the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world.

Dr. Gene Sharratt, Clinical Assistant Professor in Washington State University 's Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology. Dr. Sharratt is the Director of the Washington State University Superintendent Certification program and research advisor for the Center for Educational Effectiveness, a non-profit school data assessment center with the largest collection of student achievement data in Washington.

Jan Walsh, Washington State Librarian, Office of the Secretary of State

Kathy Egawa, Kathy Egawa's extensive experience as an English language arts educator and consultant includes working for 25 years as a teacher (including four years as an elementary librarian) in the Pacific NW before assuming the role of Associate Executive Director at the National Council of Teachers of English in 1999. Kathy recently returned to Seattle to devote more time to working with teachers, students, and parents. While at NCTE she served as program administrator for the NCTE Reading Initiative, a long-term professional development project that involves school teams and literacy coaches in a dynamic study of best literacy practices. She continues to work with study groups of teachers and administrators in multiple sites around the country.

Dr. Bill Ellis, Dr. Ellis has served as CEO of several high-tech Washington companies, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

WLMA Washington Library Media Association. Formed in 1978 from the merger of two Washington State educational organizations: the Washington State Association of School Librarians (WSASL) and the Washington Association for Educational Communications & Technology (WAECT).

Research Advisory Council

In addition to the above charter members, the coalition is proud to list as members of its Research Advisory Council the following scholars:

Gary Hartzell is Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he taught in the master's and doctoral degree programs, preparing students for careers as building and district-level administrators. Before that, he was a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal over a twenty-three year period in Southern California. Completing his doctorate at UCLA in 1990, he joined the educational administration faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Gary has been a monthly columnist for The School Library Journal and now serves on the editorial board for the International Association of School Librarian's School Libraries Worldwide and on the advisory board for Linworth Publications. 

Professor Hartzell was invited to speak at the 2002 White House Conference on School Libraries and is a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America 's Libraries Advisory Board.  Two years ago, the American Library Association identified Gary as one of the country's one hundred most influential figures in school library media – a rare honor because he isn't a media specialist. Most recently, Gary was honored by the American Association of School Librarians with the 2006 Crystal Apple Award for significant contribution to the advancement of library media.

Keith Curry Lance, PhD is known widely for his contributions to library research and statistics. The founding and longtime Director of the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library, he has also served as an Affiliated Faculty member of the Library and Information Science Program, College of Education, University of Denver. For more than two decades, he has been a consultant and advisor to state and federal government agencies and professional associations; a regularly published author of books, articles, and issue papers; and a popular speaker at state, national and international library events. The purpose of all this activity was summed up succinctly in his 2006 win of the ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award, which was given "for his national contributions to the development of performance measures for libraries and the assessment of the educational and social impact of library services."

Dr. Lance is one of the most famous researchers in the field of quantifying if and how librarians affect student achievement. A School Library Journal article explains just how much of an expert Dr. Lance is in his field: "Lance’s first Colorado study, published in 1993, was groundbreaking. It documented school library expenditures as a key predictor of academic achievement and identified other important predictors, like staffing levels and collection size...Lance’s work has changed the school library world in ways big and small, political and personal."

Keith has been featured speaker at the White House Conference on School Libraries hosted by First Lady Laura Bush as well as a Canadian counterpart event hosted by their equivalent of the Librarian of Congress.

Founding Parent Members

Lisa Layera Brunkan Co-Chair

Susan McBurney Co-Chair

Denette Hill Treasurer