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Shayne Russell is the Library Media Specialist at Mount Laurel Hartford
School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where she works with over 1,000
fifth and sixth graders. Surrounded by books in the library, she enjoys
teaching kids about research. "Not all research happens in the library,"
During school vacations, Shayne seeks opportunities to work with
scientists conducting "field" research at locations far from the
library. A veteran of several Earthwatch expeditions, Shayne has
helped archaeologists in Arizona excavate a prehistoric pueblo once
inhabited by the Mogollon Indians, and archaeologists in Virginia
discover artifacts at the site of a colonial frontier fort. In Yellowstone
National Park, Shayne has worked alongside wildlife biologists tracking
and documenting the behavior of coyotes.
Shayne's spirit of adventure has also drawn her to Chaco Canyon
and to the Grand Canyon to help the Sierra Club protect wilderness
areas, to Minnesota to dogsled, and to Montana to canoe the wild
and scenic Missouri River (just like the explorers Lewis and Clark!).
In between adventures, she bicycles with good friends from school
and tosses Frisbees to her Chesapeake Bay retriever, Kiva.
Shayne was named New Jersey's Outstanding Educational Media Specialist
in 1997. She enjoys sharing her expertise with other librarians
by teaching workshops and writing articles for professional journals.