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.
My name is Jennifer Stone and I created The Modern Librarian. I have an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and am currently the Library Media 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!
I hope you will follow and contribute to the discussion of young adult literature, the future of libraries, what works in your library or school, and how our role is evolving.
The talented Tess Johnson created my avatar. She is extremely talented in photography and design.