My name is Jennifer Stone and I am The Modern Librarian; an advocate for libraries that meet the needs of our changing society and world. In our modern and information rich world the librarian is needed now more than ever. Our society has become inundated with information, both good and bad, and it is librarians who will help guide people to the resources they need. I have an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and am currently the Library & Information Specialist at Old Town High School in Old Town, Maine. Formerly, I was a Library Media Specialist at Carrabec High School in North Anson, Maine and a Reference Librarian at Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, Massachusetts. I am a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), American Association of School Libraries (AASL), and Maine Association of School Librarians (MASL).
I have seen many changes and libraries are continuing to evolve, to find a place in their community or school. When I first began computers were just starting to become common place but students were still looking up books using the card catalog in my library; in fact one of my first major projects was automating the collection. In today’s school library I witness students collaborating, looking up books and articles in our virtual library, reading e-books, working on smartphones and tablets and every day seems to bring a new app or device. Our access to information and how we access that information is changing at an exponential rate.
I also love to read young adult literature and I love when students ask me for book recommendations and when I can match the perfect book to a student, it makes everything I do worthwhile!
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Master of Library and Information Science – University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (May 2004)
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art – Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida (May 1988)
State of Maine – (071) Library Media Specialist, K-12
- American Association of School Libraries
- American Library Association
- Maine Association of School Libraries
- Young Adult Library Association
RSU #34 – Old Town High School, Old Town, Maine – Library & Information Specialist (September 2011 – present)
Responsible for the high school library with a collection of approximately 16,000 materials and a student population of approximately 500. Responsible for preparing budgets, collection development & management, developing library and information literacy skills curriculum, collaborating with teachers, and overseeing student library aides. Developed and maintained a library website, responsible for library social media management. Faculty Leadership Chair, Technology Committee
RSU #34 – Viola Rand & Alton Elementary Schools, Old Town, Maine – Library Ed Tech (September 2010 – June 2011)
Responsible for the library instruction, collection development, information skills and library instruction and programming for two elementary schools grades K-4. Collaborated with teachers to integrate classroom curriculum with library instruction.
Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Massachusetts – Reference Librarian (September 2005 – June 2006)
Provided reference service to patrons in person, on the phone, and via email. Developed reading, reference, and research materials through selection and purchase of books. Planned and organized young adult programs involving the use of library resources. Provided circulation desk services including: prepares library for opening; checking materials in and out; greeting and directing patrons; answering the phone; assisting patrons. Worked in library technical service area searching bibliographic utility as a source for MARC records, copy cataloging, updating holdings information.
MSAD #74 – Carrabec High School, North Anson, Maine – Library Media Specialist (August 1998 – June 2005)
Responsible for the high school library in the MSAD #74 district, with a collection of approximately 5,000 materials and a student population of approximately 300. Responsible for preparing budgets, purchasing new library materials, developing and coordinating library and information literacy skills curriculum with teachers, collection management, and overseeing library aides. Researched, purchased and implemented new automation software package and developed a high school library web site.
2017 Maine Association of School Libraries Impressive Web Presence Award: School Website
Old Town High School Staff Member of the Month, January 2017: “Mrs. Stone is an integral part of the school community. She does a lot of behind the scenes work preparing research guides, helping students pick books, and just being a positive presence for staff and students. She has created some great programs and traditions at OTHS include the Staff Reads Project and the Christmas books she scatters around school. Mrs. Stone is always there to help students and staff with any project they need. She is kind and welcoming and makes OTHS a better place to be.”
2018 RSU #34 Awesome Staff Award: “Libraries have always had the perception of quiet caves of knowledge. Mrs. Stone’s library at OTHS is so much more. Students engage in technology, meaningful discussions while feeling the comforts of a safe place. You are often seen around the building supporting staff and students with your technology and literacy expertise.”
Old Town High School Staff Member of the Month, December 2018: “Mrs. Stone is an important “cornerstone” of OTHS. She is more than committed to her job as not only the school’s librarian, but as a STEM and Honors mentor, and an expert on databases and information gathering. Her patience with students and willingness to go the extra mile to help students achieve their goals is very valuable and admired by most. To all students, she makes the library a safe haven, welcoming all to her space, often with a smile and a laugh. Without Mrs. Stone, we may not have access to the books and information we do, and we idolize her for her dedication to the students.”
Schools Libraries for the Digital Generation
Workshop Description: The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today’s schools and our information driven society. In this workshop, we will look at how the library media center has changed and develop a strategic vision and plan to create a vital information center that will be an indispensable resource for both your students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include: advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, databases, technology and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.
“I appreciate your flexibility in dealing with the needs of a diverse group. You were attuned to our needs: we do vent and share anecdotes, but you kept to your agenda really well. We were versed in some of the topics already, but the exchange of ideas made them relevant again. I will leave feeling much more positive about my job and in my ability to advocate for and market my library.”
“Your pace and recognition of our professionalism was awesome!”
“Jen: you are a delight! Knowledgeable and generous with an infectious laugh.”
“Simply sharing ideas with classmates and you provided inspirational ideas and how-to’s that will enhance my library program in the upcoming school year.”
“I most enjoyed meeting and talking with other school librarians. We are generally an isolated group! I also loved the social media topics covered. I came away feeling motivated to improve on my current level of participation.”
Taft Educational Center: June 30 – July 4, 2014, Jun 28 – July 3, 2015, June 27 – July 1, 2016, June 26 – 30, 2017, June 25 – 29, 2018
St. Johnsbury Academy: July 28 – August 1, 2014, July 5 – July 10, 2015, July 10 – July 15, 2016
Digital Citizenship & Copyright
Workshop Description: How can we teach students to be responsible digital citizens? Most students are comfortable with technology, but are they using it appropriately? Do they understand copyright, fair use and plagiarism? This session will provide resources and lesson ideas for you to incorporate into your classroom that will help students become responsible digital citizens.
“Awesome presentation! Jen shared valuable information. I learned a lot.”
PREP Technology Academy, Old Town High School, Old Town, Maine: August 21, 2014
Other Professional Development Presentations:
- Getting Started with Google Classroom
- Using Google Forms in Your Classroom
- Tips for Organizing Your Google Drive
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