ERIC Number: EJ1040139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 14
School Librarian + Technology Specialist = Partnership for Effective Technology Integration
Johnston, Melissa P.
Knowledge Quest, v42 n1 p70-75 Sep-Oct 2013
The explosion of technology and information has resulted in major changes in education in the twenty-first century. School librarians have a vital role to play in efforts to ensure that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and participate in the digital society of the twenty-first century. This role presents an opportunity for school librarians to become vital contributors to the teaching and learning process, but school librarians are just one component of this process. Therefore, to provide engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students, relationships must be forged with classroom teachers and with instructional technology specialists. The author shares two real-world scenarios that demonstrate the difference in what can be accomplished with students and teachers when the school librarian and the instructional technologist work together instead of competing. Drawing from the research and practical experience, strategies that can be used to develop a collaborative relationship with instructional technology specialists were identified.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Partnerships in Education, Technology Integration, Library Development, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Technical Support, Technology Planning, Guidelines, Interprofessional Relationship, Group Dynamics, Best Practices, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Specialists, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A