The 21st Century Librarian

"the times they are a changing"


  1. What Web 2.0 tools are best for my class when making an animated video?
  2. Should I use Smore or Pikochart to make interesting flyers?
  3. Is Finding Dulcinea a better search for my students or should I use Google Custom Search?
  4. When doing a research project with middle school students do you suggest the Big 6 model or Stripling's inquiry model?
  5. How do I find an appropriate tool to spark the imagination in my 3rd grade story tellers?
  6. Do you think Story Bird is a good product?
  7. Would you help curate some information on International Women's Issues?
  8. Do you think I should use MentorMob or EdCanvas for this project?
  9. How do I get my students interested in reading? Are there any digital tools that could accompany my literature lessons?
  10. Can you help me please? The talk throughout the building is that the Librarian is the person to see!


"Most librarians remember when the 3x5 card was a ubiquitous tool. Kathy Schrock put it to good use, assembling a box of 400 old catalog cards listing her favorite gopher sites on their flip sides. When the graphical interface of the World Wide Web came to her town in 1995, a local Internet service provider offered her free space on his Web server to publish her list. So she taught herself HTML (the language that allows text on a Web page to be linked to other Web sites) and created Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, indexing and annotating the sites she found most useful in schools. Aware that many users new to the Internet were overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of information available, she attempted to bring order to the chaos caused by the unrestrained and undisciplined growth of the World Wide Web. Essentially, she “shared her bookmark file with the world.” Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators ( now contains over 1,600 links to educational Web sites suitable for use in schools. The Discovery Channel School has hosted her Web site since December 1998."

Murray, Janet. Librarians Evolving into Cybrarians in Multimedia Schools, [Website].: Information Today, Inc.: March/April 2000 [cited 30 January 2003]. Available from World Wide Web: <>. Accessed April 12, 2013


"Today’s school library media specialist should function as a collaborative instructional partner by planning, teaching, and evaluating with fellow educators. The library media specialist should also function as a teacher of information literacy skills, teaching students to access, evaluate, and use information in the context of their content area curriculum (AASL 1998). When library media specialists fulfill these roles, taking an active part in instruction in their schools, student achievement increases (Lance 2005)."

Church, Audrey, "The Instructional Role of the Library Media Specialist as Perceived by Elementary School Principals", American Library Association, August 27, 2008. Accessed April 15 2013

Life-Long Learner

Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians

"● You seek professional development that will help you grow even if it is not offered by your school district. Even if you don’t get PD credit. You can’t “clock” these hours.

● You build your own personal/professional learning network using social networking tools

● You guide your teacher colleagues in setting up their own professional learning networks.

● You read both edtech journals and edtech blogs, not just the print literature of our own profession.

● You follow selected educators,experts, authors, etc. with microblogging apps like Twitter

● You use Twitter to mine realtime chat about your professional interests. You use hashtags like #tlchat and #edchat"

Valenza, Joyce Kasman, "Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians", VOYA Magazine, EL Kurdyla Publishing, Teacher Librarian, October 2010, Web. Accessed 25 March, 2013