Super accolade for RHS librarian Sandra Mott


Sandra J. Mott, librarian at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), received the Massachusetts Super-Librarian Accolade award at the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) annual conference in Sturbridge on October 3.

Ms. Mott, the MSLA’s southeast region winner, is one of only four librarians statewide to be honored for leadership and innovation in school libraries at all grade levels.

Superintendent of schools James Weiss called MVRHS school committee members’ attention to Ms. Mott’s award at their meeting last week.

“Sandy has been a librarian on the Island for 19 years, and has been instrumental in the evolution of the High School Library from one room, with no technology or card, catalog, to the place it is today,” a memo to school committee members said.

Ms. Mott and her husband Wes, who teaches literature at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, moved to the Vineyard when she was hired as the MVRHS librarian. She previously worked as a school librarian at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, a reference librarian at the Worcester Public Library, and a library media specialist in Verona High School in Wisconsin.

Automation and electronic advancements have been the biggest changes in the library profession during her career, particularly the automated card catalog and Internet, Ms. Mott said in an email in response to questions from The Times.

The Smart Board is another, she added. The wireless system includes an interactive whiteboard, a computer, and a projector that displays images from the computer’s desktop. The whiteboard is activated by touch and works in the same way as a mouse or keyboard.

Most of the high school’s classrooms are equipped with Smart Board systems, and this year one was installed in the library. Ms. Mott said it is a useful tool in the classroom for teachers and students, and also for the community, school committee, and faculty members for meetings and presentations.

“It beats lugging a huge portable screen around and having an overhead projector or LED projector on a cart with extension cords precariously lurking on the floors,” Ms. Mott said. “I can hardly wait to see what comes next in library services.”