Education technology trends and the role of the school librarian

How do trends in education such as “bring your own device,” social networking and collaborative learning spaces influence how students learn and how educators teach? In what ways can school librarians take advantage of these technologies and the interest in using them in K-12 education to support student learning long-term?

Learn how public policy shapes K-12 education by attending “National Public Policy, School Libraries, and Technology,” an interactive ALA Conference session that will take place Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 3:00-4:00p.m. in Convention Center room N427BC. The session is hosted by the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.

Participants will hear from the following experts about current trends in technology and education as they relate to school libraries:

  • Stacy Lickteig (moderator)
    Lickteig is a Lead Teacher in Library Services for the Omaha Public School District. She is currently the president of the Nebraska School Librarians Association and member of AASL’s Affiliate Assembly as well as a member of the OITP advisory committee. She is working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Michelle Luhtala
    Luhtala is the department chair of New Canaan (CT) High School Library, which received a number of prestigious awards in the last few years. Michelle facilitates a professional learning community for over 4,000 school librarians at She serves on the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors and the Connecticut Digital Library’s advisory committee on databases. Michelle is a contributing author to Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, and is frequently published in professional literature for educators and school librarians. She blogs at
  • Lisa Perez
    Perez is a Library Coordinator for the Chicago Public Schools Department of Educational Tools & Technology. In her position, she supports several hundred high school and elementary librarians, provides technology training to all of the librarians in the district, and manages the district’s Virtual Library. She is a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Apps Certified Trainer. She is the 2013 Illinois Computer Educators Technology Administrator of the Year. In her spare time, she volunteers as a member of the AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Task Force; the President of ICE-CAP, the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Computing Educators; and as a member of the International Society for Technology in Education’s Public Policy and Advocacy Executive Committee.

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About Marijke Visser

As associate director and senior policy advocate, Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. In addition, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.


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