"In Google we trust." That may very well be the motto of today's young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the "digital natives" due their apparent tech-savvy. Having been born into a world where personal computers were not a revolution, but merely existed alongside air conditioning, microwaves and other appliances, there has been (a…
Stephanie Ham was first introduced to the groundbreaking Limitless Libraries—a partnership between the Nashville Public Library and local public schools—as a high school librarian in Whites Creek, TN. Her students used Limitless Libraries to order books and other resources for easy pickup at the school library, while Ham collaborated with the program’s collection development librarians to acquire additional materials for the school at the public library’s discounted rate. “I couldn’t believe how amazing the program was,” says Ham. “I was literally obsessed.” When the position of program coordinator became available, Ham couldn’t believe her luck.
Since Shannon Miller, a former stay-at-home mother of three, assumed the Van Meter District, IA, teacher librarian position seven years ago, youth librarianship has become a livelier and more connected field. The hands-on K–12 librarian from this rural school district is an influential speaker, blogger (The Van Meter Library Voice), tweeter, and winner of the social media Shorty Award for Connecting People, along with many other ed tech honors. She is also informing future product development as a consultant to companies such as Rosen Publishing and Mackin Educational Resources.
This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.