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Cassandra Barnett is the Program Advisor for School Libraries at the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her responsibilities include providing resources, professional development and support for school librarians and school library programs for the state of Arkansas. In addition, she is the project leader for the Arkansas Declaration of Learning, a yearlong project focused on object-based learning leading to student civic engagement in partnership with the Clinton Presidential Center, Crystal Bridges Museum of American History, and the Arkansas Division of Heritage. Before coming to the Arkansas Department of Education, Cassandra was a building school librarian in the Fayetteville Public Schools at both the elementary and secondary level for 37 years. During her career, Cassandra has presented at many national and state conferences. She earned her National Board Certification in 2003, is the 2000 recipient of the Arkansas Library Association’s Rhetta Patrick School Library Media Specialist of the Year and the 2018 recipient of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media’s Pat McDonald Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. An active member of the American Association of School Librarians, Cassandra has served in a number of capacities including President of the American Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010.