Vandy Pacetti-Donelson

Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson

United States Sports Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson recently made a presentation on faculty reader advisory programs at a book festival in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Pacetti-Donelson spoke at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg. The book festival, originally developed to promote the De Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi has grown into a regional festival to recognize and celebrate children’s books. Pacetti-Donelson spoke to librarians and educators about providing professional development for teachers that promotes reading motivation in the classroom.

An expert in young adult literature, Pacetti-Donelson is a veteran of K-12 education, a former Teacher of the Year, and an instructional technologist and school librarian. She is a passionate library advocate, frequent speaker about instructional technology and school librarianship, and a sponsor of professional development.

Pacetti-Donelson participates in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) where she served as Chair of the Legislative Committee and as a Board Director from Region 3. She is a former ProQuest Scholar and a recipient of the YALSA Advocacy Travel Stipend. She also writes a blog and has given presentations at state and national conferences, including ALA, AASL, and FAME.

Her research interests include: analysis of hidden cultures within evolving knowledge domains of conference proceedings, Library Media Specialist Evaluation systems; Digression of Marginalized Cultural Heritages in YA Literature; Peri-textual elements of Student Learning; Information Literacy Experiences of First Generation College Students; and librarian/teacher collaborations.