Karen Snay

Saint Peter, Minnesota -  Karen Snay, Saint Peter Public Schools District Library Media Specialist, was awarded the Library Media Specialist of the Year at an Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota conference this summer.  

    This prestigious award was a result of peer nominations from across the state.  Snay was nominated by Ann Hokanson, Director of Traverse Des Sioux Library Cooperative System (TDS), the southern Minnesota region of public libraries that provide outreach and connections with K-12 school libraries.   Hokanson complimented Snay for organizing a joint project with middle and public libraries to combine their access to both libraries and resources for all students.  Snay also worked with TDS Technology Director Seth Erickson to switch the library catalog systems to the new IT system.  

     Snay was surprised with the award “I was honored to be chosen by peers I deeply respect in this profession. There is so much work behind the scenes that no one sees and it was such an honor to be recognized for these efforts!”

     Snay has an extensive background in education that includes teaching internationally in Kuwait and Australia and locally in Minnetona before coming to Saint Peter.  She’s also taught on a college level at South Central College and earned her Masters degree in English Education.  

     Snay compliments her staff at each building, “They are fabulous!  I wouldn’t be able to do all the community outreach partnerships without all their help!  I am grateful for a fabulous team.”

Photo:  Karen Snay, Saint Peter Public Schools District Library Media Specialist