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ERIC Number: EJ873989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
The K-12 Cybrary at Work
Farmer, Lesley
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n3 Feb-Mar 2005
Now that "everything is on the Net," what are the roles of K-12 libraries and librarians in a digital-age learning environment? School library media specialists (SLMSs) work with classroom instructors and learners throughout the educational process: from curriculum development to unit/module/lesson plan development and delivery, integrating assessment at each step. As SLMSs--increasingly called K-12 cybrarians because of their technological role--demonstrate their own technological and online education competency, they serve as viable education partners in a digital environment. Yet in the discussion of K-12 Internet-enhanced education, the issue of support personnel, such as SLMSs, has been largely overlooked. Particularly since SLMSs work with entire school communities and often serve as vanguards in integrating educational technology, their active participation throughout the process of planning and implementing future e-education initiatives is key. Electronically enhanced education may function as a "hook" to revamp school library services and extend the role of the SLMS/K-12 cybrarian. In this article, the author explains and illustrates how these two roles currently work, and in so doing, looks ahead to how these roles should be expanded to meet the needs of future e-education programs. The author presents examples that indicate several trends which point toward the future role of K-12 cybrarians.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A