Monday, June 15, 2009

Live Event: Joyce Valenza and Friends Discuss the Future of Librarians

Future of Education Interview Series
Event Page at Future of Education

Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2009
5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at

Joyce Valenza leads a discussion on the future of librarians and their role in education with Buffy Hamilton, Cathy Nelson, and Carolyn Foote. The actual session title is: "Is There a Place for Media Specialists Who Don't Know Social Media?"

Joyce Valenza has been the librarian at Springfield Township High School (PA) since 1998. For ten years, she was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce is the author of Power Tools, Power Research Tools and Power Tools Recharged for ALA Editions. She currently blogs for School Library Journal. Her NeverendingSearch Blog (now on the SLJ website) won an Edublogs Award for 2005 and was nominated again in 2008. She won the AASL/Highsmith research grant in 2005. Joyce is a Milken Educator and an American Memory Fellow. Her video series, Internet Searching Skills was a YALSA Selected Video for Young Adults in 1999. The video series Library Skills for Children was released in 2003, and her six-volume video series Research Skills for Students was released in Fall 2004. Super Searchers Go to School, was published by Information Today in 2005. Her Virtual Library won the IASL School Library Web Page of the Year Award for 2001. Joyce is active in ALA, AASL, YALSA, and ISTE and contributes to Classroom Connect, VOYA, Learning and Leading with Technology, and School Library Journal. Joyce speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. Joyce earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in August, 2007.

Buffy Hamilton ( is a school library media specialist at Creekview High School (The Unquiet Library) in Canton, Georgia. Hamilton, who earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Technology/School Library Media at the University of Georgia, is a seventeen year veteran. Her interests include social scholarship, participatory librarianship, connectivism, and personal learning networks for students and adults.

Cathy Nelson is a 22 year veteran educator. She is a teacher-librarian, aka school library media specialist from South Carolina. Cathy is transitioning from a middle school in the Myrtle Beach area to Dorman High School in the Spartanburg area of SC. Cathy is a member of ISTE, ALA, AASL, and the state and local affiliates of those organizations. She particpates in many online forums and nings as well, and strives to evangalize student engagement and making learning relevant through the tools students love. Being in the school media center is the perfect place to make a difference with students and teachers alike.

Carolyn Foote, a high school and district librarian at Westlake High School in Austin, TX, had a small feature in School Library Journal, October 2007, as well as an article on Skype in the January 2008 and was included in the article, “Mattering in the School Blogosphere” in American Libraries Magazine in May 2007. Having recently redesigned a library, she is fascinated by the future of physical libraries and their services. Her blog can be found at

The Elluminate room ( will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event.

Many thanks to KnowledgeWorks Foundation and Elluminate for their support for the Future of Education interview series.


  1. Dear Steve and Joyce,
    I'm going to explore the vast amout of information you posted in an hour yesterday!!
    I had an idea about your programs and a way to get more school librarians involved- maybe this is already possible and I missed it- Could Elluminate generate professional development certificates for those who attend? That carrot might get more people to sign on.
    I am one for the librarians who wished for a series of Web 2 lessons for librarians.

    Susan Rardin MLS
    PreK - 3rd Elem School
    Cliffwood, NJ

  2. That is a good question, Susan. I know that for our PBS/Classroom 2.0 series, there is a question on the survey asking if people want a certificate, and PBS produces one for them--but I'm sure it's a lot of work, and I hold two - four sessions a week! Maybe we could get a volunteer to coordinate this.

    I'm glad you were excited by that idea! So was I! Want to be in charge? :)

  3. Do you mean to be in charge of the professional development certificates?


    I can't be a facilitator of the Web 2 lessons for librarians because I am one of the librarians needing the lessons.
    I can try to help spread the word to library associations. I belong to LM_NET. That would be a good place to get the word out once the sessions are on the calendar.


  4. If that "OK" meant OK doing the certificates, then that's great! If/when this show gets off the ground, we can just add to the evaluation form for the end of each show a question asking if people need a certificate. Can't wait to see what gets organized!


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