The leadership role of the teacher librarian in technology integration


Published on

In 2008 the United States Institute for Museum and Library Services funded Project-Leadership-in-Action (LIA) that included surveys of the technology integration practices of teacher librarian leaders with National Board Certification.

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

The leadership role of the teacher librarian in technology integration

  1. 1. The leadership role of the teacher librarian in technology integration Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis Diversity Challenge Resilience: School Libraries in Action - The 12th Biennial School Library Association of Queensland, the 39th International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference, incorporating the 14th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 27 September – 1 October 2010.
  2. 2. Dr. Marcia Mardis Assistant Professor, Florida State University Associate Director, PALM Center
  3. 3. Dr. Nancy Everhart Associate Professor, Florida State University Director, PALM Center
  4. 4. National Board Certification • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards • Rigorous process • Portfolio • Assessment center exercises • Less than 50% achieve • Costs $2500 to apply • Incentives • Less than 2% of school librarians are NBCT
  5. 5. The sample & The instrument • Research exists concerning how NBC develops leaders. • Requirement for leadership in portfolio entries • 35% of 2100 addresses • 295 stratified random participants
  6. 6. The survey • 30 demographic questions • 60 statements related to technology integration activities • Free response questions
  7. 7. Supporting Special Needs
  8. 8. Alternative Assessment
  9. 9. Co-Planning Instruction Co-
  10. 10. Does it Make a Difference?
  11. 11. Decision and Policy-Making Policy-
  12. 12. Community Engagement
  13. 13. Community Involvement
  14. 14. Professional Development
  15. 15. Sound familiar? Technology Integration Barriers The greatest barrier is the teachers near retirement who don't feel comfortable using the new technology or accessing databases. This barrier hinders the further use of technology and collaboration between teachers. I would like to collaborate with classroom colleagues more BEFORE they begin a research task. Barriers include them not even thinking about the need for instruction of many of the steps in research. Barriers also include my time - I need to take more time myself to push this agenda. I don't feel that I want more involvement at this time; however, the barriers are those stated previously. I disagree with the current administrative views in my district.
  16. 16. Sound familiar? Technology Integration Barriers Selection of technology for my school -- not included in those decisions other than to make recommendations through committees -- don't feel that administration listens to the committee reports. Filtering -- no one wants to antagonize the State Tech folks to challenge the filtering policy The bottom line -- we are losing media positions and media support positions throughout our county (and state). Right now, the focus is keeping a paycheck and not rocking the boat. boat. I'd love to be more involved in innovative technologies. A couple of barriers are: not having a classroom of kids that I work with daily, having a very limited time each with the kids when I do see them, and trying to keep the kids abreast of basic technologies first - many of our students don't have computers and Internet access at home, so we are working hard to find time to integrate basic technology resources in our instruction. We also have 400 students sharing the use of one computer lab that is located inside the library, which is very limiting.
  17. 17. Structural/Symbolic Influences 1 2 Access Skill Adoption Adaptation No Concern Self consequences 3 4 Policy Motivation/Meaning Appropriation Invention Task Impact Cultural/Social Influences
  18. 18. SOUND FAMILIAR? Technology Integration Enablers I am most fully involved when I have administrative support from my principal to allow me time, financial assistance, and an audience, whether it is peer teachers or the school community or the permission to attend conferences or district meeting that occur during the school day. day. The fact that I have a full time assistant in the media center and that we have a flixible is the most important reason I am able to be as involved as I am. I have an administrator who values the assets and abilities of the library and the librarian. I am given time off to attend professional workshops. If I weren't involved, our school's students would miss out. Our school does not have a large staff, few are technology minded and driven and we are very limited in financial resources. I don't believe the students should be deprived of an education that prepares them for their future because of these limitations.
  19. 19. SOUND FAMILIAR? Technology Integration Barriers My initiative, knowledge and confidence in technology enable me to be involved in the decision making and transferral of knowledge to the teachers, staff and students. I love to learn new tools in technology and am willing to learn from the students the latest in technological innovations. Support from the administration opportunities for professional development and leadership provided through the district board office serving as School Technology Coordinator being authorized to make my own technology purchasing decisions for the library and school collaboration with teachers on planning and delivering instruction
  20. 20. Conclusion National Board Certified school librarians work in above- above- average environments.
  21. 21. Conclusion School librarians felt strong commitments to and experienced success with technology leadership with students to a great extent and with teachers to a lesser extent.
  22. 22. Conclusion School librarians experience the greatest leadership potential in their school environments, but can often be unsuccessful in their transfer of technology leadership activities to their professional or local communities.
  23. 23. Conclusion The homogeneity of the sample validates the National Board process.
  24. 24. Conclusion The School Library Media Specialist and Technology Integration Survey is a valid instrument. Next steps: National survey State- State-level administrations
  25. 25. Contact Information • Dr. Nancy Everhart • • Dr. Marcia Mardis • Mmardis @ JOIN US ON FACEBOOK! DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPERS!