Just want to clarify why so many say thanks to Sharyl...she is ready to meet legislators before meetings, after meetings, as well as making individual meetings where she is asked tough questions about school libraries.  She is there at 7:30 a.m. and back in the afternoon waiting for the opportunity to formally make the case for school libraries--with handouts, statistics, and solid information ......and this year with a broken leg!<div>


There is an old saying about walking the talk..and that is what Sharyl does not only during the session, but throughout the year.  <span></span></div><div>Thanks Sharyl for showing us how to turn passion into action. I can guarantee that Sharyl has already finished not only her formal thank you notes, but also made individual calls to legislators, as she is thinking ahead on more ways to promote school libraries.</div>

<div>You are great to work with</div><div>Rosette&#39; Acord<br>
<br>On Friday, March 15, 2013, Anne Diekema  wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex">




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And a special thanks to Sharyl Smith- thank you for making all this happen!
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Department of Instructional Technology &amp; Learning Sciences<br>
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services<br>
Utah State University</span> </div>
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<div>On Mar 15, 2013, at 2:01 PM, sharyl smith wrote:</div>
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<span>Good News!<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span>Again, at the close of the Utah Legislative Session, we can say &quot;thanks&quot;! The line item for &quot;school library books and electronic resources&quot; was funded at the requested level, the same as last year, $550,000.<u></u><u></u></span></p>



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<span>Please say thanks and,<span> </span><u>in the very same sentence</u>, invite legislators to visit your school library. They need to see firsthand that we embrace technology and students do more than
 check out books­.­­­­!<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span>By contacting legislators, you will be re-enforcing the idea that we are a group with an important role to play in children&#39;s education. Also, we are becoming known as the people who express appreciation. Not everybody does.<u></u><u></u></span></p>



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<span>I appreciate all of you who recently responded to my informal telephone survey, asking how you spent this appropriation last year and I am thankful to all of you who have emailed legislators in the past to say thank you and to everyone
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<span>Please say thanks this weekend. I appreciate your help immensely.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span>Best wishes,<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span>Sharyl Smith<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span>Here are the legislators, with their addresses:    PLEASE USE YOUR HOME COMPUTER.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<u><span>The Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee members</span></u><span><span> </span>who have supported school libraries in the past and continue to do so, or are new to
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<span style="color:rgb(34,34,34)">Rep. Joel K. Briscoe<span> </span></span><span><span> </span><span lang="EN"><a>jbriscoe@le.utah.gov</a></span></span><span></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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