When one thinks of school libraries in Manitoba in the past twenty years, one name that continually rises to the top is Nell Ududec. Ms Ududec is currently the Educational Resources/Library Consultant for the Pembina Trails School Division, a position she has held for the past seven years buther love and leadership for school libraries started well before her appointment.
After receiving training in school librarianship at the University of Manitoba, in 1992, Nell left her classroom position at Dalhousie School where she had taught grades 2,3, and 4 for 15 years to take on the teacher-librarian position at Bairdmore School. As a new school, Ms Ududec was able to leave her mark on a community of learners that respected her love of reading, informationliteracy, teachnology and learning. The library at Bairdmore was truly the “heart” of the school. It’s warm and welcoming atmosphere encouraged many students to actively participate in the many programs that Nell organized. Many students have later testified that the library activites at Bairdmore School were transformative experiences and provided the basis for a life-long love of reading and learning. Her leadership in literacy, inquiry and technology stood out as she provided many porefessional development opportunities for her staff members and collaboroated with them to bring meaningful proejcts and assignments ot life.
Nell Ududec’s influence in the library field does not stop at the school level. For many years, she served as hte treasureer of MSLA and in later years, as the Library Consultant for the Pembina Trails School Division and also served as chair and co-chair of MSLA’s annual SAGE Conference. In her role as divisional library, Nell has also collaborated the library consultants/coordinators from LRSD, WSD, and RETSD to provide quality library professional learning for teacher-librarians bringing to Winnipeg some of the best speakers and experts in the school library field. Nell has been a vital member of School Library Administrators of Manitoba where as chair, she has provided valuable guidance to school library administrators of various divisions.
Always supportive of teacher-librarians and library technicians throughout their careers, for the past seven years, Ms Ududec has provided outstanding professional learning at monthly meetingsin Pembina Trails and on a one-to-one, as requested. In fact, when she put her name forward for her current position, it was with the understanding that she would be to provide quality professional learning to school library staffs thoughout the division — PL was her number one priority and she continues to deliver on this promise daily. Nell takes special interest in mentoring those who are new to the role of teacher-librarian and library technician. Both groups talk of her caring, enthusiastic and approachable nature as they moved into these demanding positions.
in 2008 and 2009, Nell was the driving force behind the improvemnt and development of library collections in the Pembna Trails School Division. The renewal of school libraries, wtih the purchase of new books, materials and databases is still clearly evident today. The amount of work Nell put in negotiating with the school board, coordinating book vendors and assisting school in purchasing cannot go unnoticed. In 2012, Nell negotiatied and implemented in a PTSD school libraries. Destiny quest, a state of the art library OPAC that allow anytime anywhere access to library reources.
It has been the students that she has taught, and the schools that she mentored over the years who have benefited the most from her guidance and leadership in shcool libraries. She has dedicated her professional teaching career to ensuring that all students and teachers find their passions and given the right tools to succeed.
Library Technician Support
Ms Ududec has provided the highest quality of leadership to the the library staff for the past severalyears. She ensures that our library technicians are kept well informed of new developments in the rapidly changing world of libraries. Ms Ududec also played an instrumental role in obtaining a day-long workshop for library technicians.
She often finds expert preseters or presents professional learning sessions herself. Her passion for 21st century learning and related technologies keep out libraries at the forefront. Nell is very approachable for the library technicians. Her ability to support staff wtih compassion and understanding is one of her best qualities. She never hesitates to acknowledge a job well done by the library staff of our Divsion.
Nell Ududec continues to be a leader and advocate for strong libraries at the shcools, divisional, and provincial level. Congratulations Nell on a well deserved award!