ERIC Number: EJ842919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
School Library Media Specialists Inform Technology Preparation of Library Science Students: An Evidence-Based Discussion
Snyder, Donna L.; Miller, Andrea L.
Library Media Connection, v27 n6 p22-25 May-Jun 2009
What is the relative importance of current and emerging technologies in school library media programs? In order to answer this question, in Fall 2007 the authors administered a survey to 1,053 school library media specialists (SLMSs) throughout the state of Pennsylvania. As a part of the MSLS degree with Library Science K-12 certification, Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Department of Library Science requires a course entitled "New Technologies for Educators." The specific purpose of the survey was to provide professional insight to remodel this course. Very simply, respondents were asked to rank the value of the inclusion of a variety of technology topics for a course designed to prepare library science students to utilize and integrate current and emerging technologies for instructional purposes. The emerging technologies survey and literature review revealed a disconnect between what most SLMSs believe they should be doing with instructional technology and what many find themselves able to do. Clearly, with proper preparation of preservice SLMSs parts of this disconnect can be mended. For practicing professionals, building influence, collaboration, and creative professional development must become the keys as teachers successfully prepare 21st century students for the world in which they will live.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Media Specialists, Library Science, School Libraries, Technological Advancement, Surveys, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Futures (of Society), Technological Literacy, Technology Integration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania