School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration

School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration

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This handbook provides librarians and technology specialists with the tools to understand the issues and challenges related to their counterparts' jobs, and find ways to work together for the betterment of all concerned.

• Provides readers with a solid understanding of what school librarians do and what technology specialists do

• Clarifies the unique challenges, ethical concerns, and goals of both librarians and technology specialists

• Presents ways for both librarians and technology specialists to increase harmony and productivity as they work in concert to serve students

• Examines specific ways to work for the best interest of all patrons—both students and their teachers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586835392
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/23/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 117
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Bell, EdD, is professor in the Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Holly Weimar, EdD, is associate professor in the Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

James Van Roekel, MLS, MA, is associate director of Lowman Student Center at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Looking Back: How Far Have We Come? 1

Introduction 1

In the Beginning 2

Storage 4

Compact Disks 4

Infrastructure 5

Growing Importance of Internet 6

Importance of Technology Specialists and Librarians 7

Technology Specialists 7

Librarians 8

GUI-A Real Game Changer 9

Networking and Infrastructure 10

Web 2.0 10

CEPA and Filtering 11

2010 to Present 13

What's in a Name? 13

Naming School Librarians 14

Naming Techheads 15

What's in a Name Anyway? 19

Summary 19

Works Cited 20

Chapter 2 School Librarians: Working Effectively in Their Environment 23

Introduction 23

School Librarians' Use of Technology 24

But What If They Don't Want to Use Technology? 25

Accessing Available Technologies 27

Influences Regarding Technology's Use with Students 28

Working Collaboratively 30

Using Available Technology Applications 33

Evaluating Technology Applications 35

Summary 39

Works Cited 39

Chapter 3 The Technology Department: Appraising Current Responsibilities and Challenges 41

Introduction 41

Living in the Information Society: Universal Access 42

Focusing on Knowledge Management and Education 44

Education of Users 46

Communicating and Collaborating: The Techheads 47

Encouraging User Buy-In 48

Globalization 50

Training 52

Meetings 52

Summary 53

Works Cited 54

Chapter 4 Students and Teachers: This Is Who It's All About! 55

Introduction 55

Conducting a Simple Search 55

As a Result of Online Safety Concerns, What Happens at Schools? 58

When the Government Becomes Involved 60

Teaching and Learning Using Technology 61

What about Best Practices? 63

Guided Inquiry 67

Summary 69

Works Cited 69

Chapter 5 Building Bridges 71

Introduction 71

First Things First 72

Let Bygones Be Bygones 73

Get Off on the Right Foot 73

Offer Small Courtesies and Friendly Gestures 74

Foster Mutual Respect 74

Take a Hard Look in the Mirror 75

Engage All Parries 76

Reach Out and Meet Face-to-Face 76

Take Time 77

Attend the Same Staff Developments and Conferences 78

Start Small 78

Use Web 2.0 Technology to Everyone's Advantage 79

Be Persistent 79

Look for Ways to Use Common Challenges 79

Involve Administrator 80

When All Else Fails 80

Advice from the Trenches 81

Take a Holistic View 84

Summary 85

Works Cited 85

Chapter 6 Where Do We Go Next? Or Give the Techheads a Project 87

Introduction 87

Collegiality 89

Shared Spaces 91

Shared Planning 92

Staff Development: Project-Based Learning 94

How Does This Translate to Techheads? 95

Evaluating for Ongoing Success 96

Summary 98

Works Cited 98

Epilogue 99

Appendix A Library Use Survey 103

Appendix B Technical Evaluation Checklist 107

Appendix C Technical Evaluation Checklist 109

Appendix D Techheads 111

Appendix E Technology Implementation Request 112

Index 115

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