February 17, 2018

Ernie Cox | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Community Builders

Library Journal March 15, 2010: Ernie Cox, Mover & Shaker


Ernie Cox came to librarianship because it “combines civics, art, technology, and community,” says the media specialist at St. Timothy’s, a K-8 Episcopal school in Raleigh, NC. As a school librarian there for the last five years, Cox is part of a community that includes teachers, and it’s his job to help them develop both creatively and technologically through the use of American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Professional Learning Communities, where they can collaborate, network, chat live, and otherwise connect with colleagues.

“I explained to the school board and administration the value of offering dedicated time during the workday for teachers to engage in reflective practice,” says Cox. “This creates a schoolwide environment for me to work with teachers to implement teaching and learning that goes beyond tests.”

For Cox, the importance goes beyond the classroom as well. “We are on the way to a culture of inquiry, deeper thinking and application, and exploration,” he says. “The librarian can be at the center of a cultural shift that will prepare our students to be creative and insightful contributors to the new century.”

Librarians are on Cox’s agenda, too, as he is a member of numerous associations that cross teacher and librarian borders. “Ernie is nationally known as a community builder,” says Joyce Valenza, a teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA, who has worked with Cox on planning for the AASL conference in Charlotte, NC, and on setting up its Bloggers Café.

His book Professional Learning Communities and the School Library Media Specialist, cowritten with Debbie Dupree and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, will be published early this year by Libraries Unlimited.


Ernie Cox, St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh, NC


DEGREE Doctorate in Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, in progress; MA, SLIS, University of Iowa, 2005

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