Published on June 4, 2015
Jeanne Nelson, Editor, CSLA Journal Teacher librarians truly are on the cutting edge—some say bleeding edge-- as the education community continues to change in response to budget issues, changing standards, increased testing, and continually evolving digital tools and resources. Digital resources are becoming increasingly important. In this issue of the CSLA Journal, we have asked some experts to write about how to best evaluate digital resources from several points of view. At the site level, teacher librarian Connie Williams talks about conundrums, how to select the right tools to deliver needed information to a target audience in an educational setting. Students face this same decision. We help them locate and use information in many formats, but they also need help to decide what format to use in sharing what they have learned. At the district level, what can be done to support the site library staff and provide the digital resources their students need? Dr. Esther Sinofsky shares how LAUSD has evaluated, selected, distributed, and maintained digital resources for its diverse student population. You have heard the term “curator,” but what are the differences—and similarities—between the role of curator and that of teacher librarian? Dr. Lesley Farmer, who happens to be both, provides an interesting point of view. Dr. Cindy Mediavilla, Library Programs Consultant for the California State Library, provides information on the resources the library offers. Interestingly, to qualify for a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, one of the requirements is “at least one onsite paid staff member who has a California library media teacher credential.” The State Library has other resources available-- important information to share with your patrons. As digital resources change, so do the technical skills and interests of the students we serve. Dr. Mary Ann Harlan shares thoughts on what “digital native” now means, and how the role of the teacher librarian is changing to meet the needs of these tech savvy youth. A technology resource that is becoming more widely used is the app, which now includes literature titles. Elementary librarian Mary Ann Scheuer describes the kinds of apps that support literature appreciation and comprehension, and how to evaluate them. The tool many teacher librarians are turning to in their efforts to make information and resources available to students is LibGuides. Teacher librarians Sue Smith and Lauri Vaughan use LibGuides extensively with their students, and share how they do so. This issue is packed with information you can use, both personally and professionally. I learned something reading each article and working with this delightful group of authors, and know you will get a take-away from this issue—perhaps several!