Extended Session #2 — Panel: e-Readers in Your Library
Lessons Learned From the Field
Linda Williams Bowie

In the spring of 2011, the Astor Center for Public School Libraries at New Visions awarded five campus libraries funding to purchase and pilot the use of e-Readers, eBooks and iPads in their school campus libraries. The pilot was able to provide the teacher-librarians with support in building their professional capacity around the use of these new technologies; identify potential technical roadblocks to the effective implementation of this technology at the school level; identify issues that may limit the viability of shared collections between the public school and public library systems; and survey librarians, teachers and students on the use of different e-Readers for classroom instruction and free reading. The panel will explore the work of the pilot and share their challenges, issues, joys and lessons learned around the use of e-Readers in a school library.

Linda Williams Bowie is the Senior Program Officer, Astor Center for Public School Libraries at New Visions for Public Schools, a PSO and Charter School organization managing schools in the NYC DOE. Linda is a certified school librarian with over 30 years experience in K-12 public, private and community college libraries, with expertise in library renovation design planning, African American collection development, information literacy skills instruction and technology integration. She is an Adjunct Professor at Queens College, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.

Teresa Tartaglione is the campus librarian at Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan, serving six high schools and approximately 2,900 students. As president of the New York City School Librarians Association and the only librarian in a large building, she is always looking for people to add to her network of librarians and sanity-savers!

Lynn Makler has been a librarian at Port Richmond High School for the past 6 years, and has the distinction of being the middle of a three-generation librarian tradition. As part of the New Vision pilot Lynn purchased 34 Color Nooks last year and had to meet each unanticipated challenge as it arose. She counts herself extremely fortunate to have become enlightened, purposely or otherwise.

Karen Levy has been a School Library Media Specialist since 1985, working currently at the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus in the Bronx. She has worked as a Public librarian in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and Buffalo and Erie County. Karen began her librarian career as a Medical Librarian at the Buffalo Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the SUNY Buffalo Health Sciences Library.

Yolanda Tomlin is a technology teacher assigned to the library at the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change in Manhattan.

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