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Distinguished librarian to lead Metro Schools libraries

One of Nashville’s leading educators and literary minds is returning home to Metro Schools to lead the district’s network of 140+ libraries. Stephanie Ham, formerly in charge of Nashville’s Limitless Libraries program, is now the lead librarian for the district. She has spent her entire career in Nashville public education, gaining experience in the classroom as a sixth grade teacher at Brick Church Middle School, in the school library as librarian at Whites Creek High School and as a project coordinator at Nashville Public Library

During her time with Limitless Libraries, she led almost limitless growth. On her watch, the program went from just 16 school sites to more than 128, reaching every grade level from elementary all the way through high school. It has become the envy of many public school district and library systems across the country and was a significant factor in   the Nashville Public Library earning the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the highest honor awarded to American libraries.

“I couldn't be more thrilled to return to Metro Schools and serve as the lead librarian,” said Ham. “I only have the upmost respect and admiration for the school librarians of Nashville and I look forward to working with them every day.”

She brings with her an education that includes a bachelor’s in elementary education from Bradley University, a master’s in library and information sciences from Trevecca Nazarene University and designation as an educational specialist in instructional leadership from Tennessee Tech University.

“Stephanie understands better than most how the modern school library has evolved into an information center meant to extend beyond the four walls of a school,” said Jay Steele, chief academic officer. “As the lines continue to blur between our school libraries, the city’s library system and the vast pool of global digital information, her relationships and experience will serve our students well.”

Stephanie Ham began work as lead librarian July 1.