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Leading the ChangeBeyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership

Leading the Change
Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership

Donna Desroches and Carlene Walter, the Disruptive Innovators, were the 2008 recipients of the Canadian Library Association; Angela Thacker Memorial Award for their contributions to the field of teacher-librarianship.

Donna DesRoches North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: http://classroomtechtips.wordpress.com

Bio: Donna DesRoches is the Learning Resources Consultant for the Living Sky School Division in Saskatchewan. A former teacher librarian, she applies her knowledge of ways to find, share, and use information when working with teachers in exciting and innovative inquiry-based technology projects.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Donna+DesRoches

Carlene Walter Warman, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: http://eclectechlibrarian.blogspot.com

Bio: Carlene Walter is a Learning Support Facilitator with the Prairie Spirit School Division in Saskatchewan. In 2008, Carlene was awarded the SSLA’s John G. Wright Award for recognition of her contributions to school library service. She is passionate about creating opportunities for teacher-librarians to fulfill their role as informational specialists, instructional partners, and literacy leaders.
Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Carlene+Walter

Presentation Title: Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership
Description: Donna DesRoches and Carlene Walter, collectively known as the Disruptive Innovators, present their framework for professional learning and mentorship for teacher-librarians demonstrating how new technologies can be used to creating meaningful online learning opportunities. Within the context of the framework, they will illustrate the importance of redefining, reshaping, and readvocating the role of the teacher-librarian in order to:

  • Define the information literate teacher-librarian
  • Examine how emerging technologies are creating a need to re-define our roles
  • Identify new learning needs
  • Present the Disruptive Innovators online workshop, Meet the Stars.

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  1. Tanya Beattie

    I enjoyed Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-Librarian Leadership video.(The blooper reel was a nice touch!) “The Learning environment is changing requiring retooling of the profession for the 21st Century.” The Meet the Stars Online Workshop that Donna and Carlene developed was well thought out, designed, and implemented. The wiki allowed for participation, learning, and collaboration. The Meet the Stars: Books and Web 2.0 course was an Authentic Learning Environment – Contextual, Connected, Collaborative, Change-directed, Conversational, and Continuous. As one of the participants of this course I cannot express enough how this course has changed my ideas about my role as a Teacher Librarian, and my role as an educator. This experience was indeed life-changing. Hats off to the Disruptive Innovators!!!

  2. Carlene Walter

    Thank you Tanya!
    Donna and I always found your blog postings insightful and reflective of your continual learning.

    We hope you will consider participating in our next Disruptive Innovator learning opportunity for teacher-librarians.


  3. Carol Koechlin

    Carla and Donna
    Delighted to sit in on your timely session as I continue to follow the great work you do in Saskatchewan to lead teacher librarians and schools into the evolving learning spaces ahead of us. It will take vision leadership and school teams committed to teaching for learning if we are to pull ourselves out of 20th and in some cases 19th century habits. Thank you for spurring teacher librarians everywhere to take up the challenge of leading the change. We are already a decade late so this is a matter of great urgency; thank goodness learners are going ahead with or without us, but the journey could be so enriched if schools embraced 21st century realities and led the way.
    Wishing you and this conference continued success. Carol

  4. Carlene Walter

    Hello Carol,

    How are you?
    Retooling is imperative to the survival of teacher-librarianship.
    The survey report Partnership for 21st Century Skills states has solidified the need for information literacy and technology integration as meaningful components of curricula and instructional practices.

    Say hello to Sandi for me!
    SSLA is so grateful for your visit to Saskatchewan! We learned so much about inquiry!


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