Not So Distant Future

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Not So Distant Future

About

Carolyn Foote

cyan1.jpg I’m a “techno” librarian at a large public suburban high school, in Austin, Texas.  I’m passionate about how technology tools can transform schools and libraries, fascinated by library design for 21st century schools and interested in school reform.   I’m a frequent presenter and author because I believe it is powerful to share ideas beyond our own “four walls.”  I welcome you to contact me at this blog or at technolibrary @ gmail.

I also host our school library site on edublogs and many of my materials are collected on Connected Libraries and EISDworkshops.wikispaces.com.

Honors and Media:

Attendee – ALA Summit for the Future of Libraries
White House Champion of Change
Columnist for Internet @ Schools magazine
Columnist for School Library Journal
Blogger for Huffington Post’s education  page
2nd place in the 2010 Salem Press Blog Awards
Three time finalist for the Texas TCEA Librarian of the Year award

Publications:

Skype (School Library Journal, January 2008)
It’s a Mad Mad Wordle (School Library Journal, July 2009)
Ramping up Your Library Website (School Library Journal, January 2010)
Empowering Students for Life (Multimedia Schools,  March 2010)
Everyday Advocacy (School Library Journal, August 2010)
Checking Out the iPad ( Multimedia Schools, November/December 2010)
Librarians as Leaders (TechEdge, February 2011)
E-Books: Just Jump In (Library Media Connection, Jan/Feb 2011)
Tech Tools for Tough Times (TechEdge, November 2011)
Learning Together: the Evolution of a 1:1 iPad program (Internet @Schools, January 2012)
Backchanneling on the Front Burner (Library Media Connection, May/June 2012)
Power of Gaming (Internet @ Schools Idea Watch column, May/June 2012)
BYOT to the Library   (Tech Edge, September 2012)
Data Delivery:  Getting the Story Out  (Internet @ Schools Idea Watch column Sept 2012)
iPads for Everyone  (School Library Journal, October 2012)
The 1:1 Experience (Internet @ Schools Idea Watch November/December 2012)
Innobrarians:  Librarians as Innovators  (Internet @ Schools Idea Watch  Jan/Feb 2013)
From Professional Development to Personalized Learning (Library Media Connection Jan 2013)
Live-Blogging Learning (Internet @ Schools Idea Watch  March/April 2013)
For E-books the Future is Now…Maybe  (Internet @ Schools  May/June 2013)
Project Advocacy column:  What are We Afraid Of? (School Library Journal  May 2013)
Project Advocacy column: An Action Plan for All Seasons (School Library Journal August 2013)
Making Space for STEM in the Library (Tech Edge 2013)
Idea Watch column Making Space for Makerspaces (Internet @ Schools Sept 2013)

Project Advocacy column What’s Your Story? Making a Powerful Case for Library (School Library Journal October 2013)
Idea Watch column  Embracing Mobile Learning (Internet @ Schools November 2013)

Project Advocacy column Let’s All Get Connected  (School Library Journal January 2014)
Idea Watch column   Dissecting ebooks and Libraries (Internet @ Schools March 2014)
Project Advocacy column  School Library Redesigns are Advocacy Opportunities  (School Library Journal May 2014)

Books:

Introductory chapter in book No Shelf Required II (from ALA Press)
Chapter in New Landscape of Mobile Learning: Redesigning Education in an App Based World

included in these articles:
“Mattering in the School Blogosphere” in American Libraries Magazine in May 2007
A Little Help from My Friends in School Library Journal, October 2007.
Education Week Magazine article, “School Libraries Seek Relevance Through Virtual Access.”(February 2010)

Recent presentations:

Baltimore Public School Librarian Keynote August 2014

  • Librarians: the Best App

ALA 2014

  • President’s Panel — Summit on the Future of Libraries

iPadpalooza 2014

  • Learning Space Design

TCEA Area 7 Librarians Workshop Day 2014

Texas Library Association Conference 2014

  • The Librarian is the App (Strong Schools, Strong Scores Administrator preconference)
  • Tech Friendly, Student Friendly Library Design

Council of Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Webinar

  • Library Design for the 21st Century Learner

TCEA 2014

  • iResearch with iPad
  • Seeking Inspiration: Learning Space Design

IntegratED Portland 2014

  • Intention and Design
  • iPad apps for research

AASL Social Media Chair 2014

School Library Journal Summit Fall 2013

  • School and District Collaboration

ISTE 2013

  • iPads: Year Two

AEIOU – TCEA Area 7  Summer 2013

  • Library Redesign

Council of Educational Facility Planners 2013

Texas Library Association 2013

  • iPads:  Challenges and Opportunities 

SXSWEdu 2013

  • Flip, Blend, Connect

TCEA 2013

Internet Librarian Internet @ Schools  October 2012

Digital Shift e-conference  October 2012

Region 20 Library Roundup   September 2012

  • “Rethinking Library Design”

TCEA Area 1 Library conference   August 2012

  • Social networking for librarians
  • E-books in libraries

ISTE  June 2012

  • “When Information Becomes Mobile: Impact of 1:1 iPads on Libraries”

TASLA (Texas Association of School Library Administrators) June 2012

  • Social Networking for Library Administrators

TecSig (TCEA) Spring 2012

  • Social Networking Panel

Computers in Libraries 2012 –

  • ‘iPads in Libraries”

TCEA February 2012 –

  • “Twitterlution”
  • “iPads in Libraries”
  • “Live-Blogging with CoveritLIve”(workshop)
  • 21st century Library Design

Tech Forum Texas November 2011-

  • “Tapping Into the Backchannel”
  • Social media panel

TLA Region 7 October 2011–

  • Keynote: “What librarians can learn from Apple”
  •  ”Social Networking for libraries”
  •  ”Battle of the e-books”

ABC-Clio webinar October 2011–

  • “Tech Tools You Can’t LIve Without”

TASB Learning Pavilion September 2011 -

  • ” Impact of technology on libraries”

TCEA Area 7  June 2011 -

  • “Oodles of e-books”

Region XI SALSA conference June 2011 -

  • Keynote: “What Librarians can learn from Apple”

TCEA February 2011 -

  • 21st Century Libraries

 

I  have presented both for my own faculty, and since 1991 have spoken at conferences like ISTE, Educon, TCEA, CIL,  TLA, IL West, NCTE,  TCTE, TASB, and TASSP.   I am a passionate teacher and a curious librarian.

follow me:  on gmail, twitter, delicious and slideshare, wikispaces, Ning, or pbworks–I am technolibrary.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  • Cynthia Kaplan

    As I obsessively search the web for signs that my new book is being read, I see that that, in fact, it is, by you. I very much hope that you enjoy the book and I thank you for your support.

  • Ben Wilkoff

    Thanks for your comment on my post about “The Ripe Environment.” I really think that your questions are right on, especially about teachers not knowing about the value of their own contributions. How do you think that we can value one onother’s contributions other than by using them in the classroom, or by providing monitary rewards? Do you think that collaborative value is enough to keep people collaborating? It is for me, but perhaps not for everyone.

  • Jenny Luca

    Hi Caroline,

    How appropriate that the anti spam word on your blog was ‘gidday’! I’m a teacher-librarian at an all girls secondary college from Melbourne, Australia, who is also interested in Web 2.0 and the changing world of school libraries. We’re using Wikis to move our staff along and are having success. We run a student book club and I’m really interested in setting up a blog or wiki whereby connections can be made with young adult reader’s in other countries. If you have any students interested in this I’d love to know about it. I’m going to add you to my RSS feeds so that I can learn from you. Hope to engage in dialogue with a like minded soul across the globe.

  • Jacquie Henry

    I just got your comment about my “I Will..” post
    http://nlcommunities.com/communities/wanderings/archive/2006/01/26/49917.aspx

    I am glad you liked it. I actually live in the shadow world, since web 2.0 tools are relentlessly filtered in our school. But I keep advocating. Maybe someday…..

    I sure wish my blog allowed folks to leave an email address. One of these days I should migrate to another blog host. I am just to lazy to get going. Anyway – I recognized your name and went searching for your blog. I will definitely add your blog to my blogroll. Hope the post is useful for your workshop.

  • micsmith

    I really enjoy your blog. I hope it is okay that I have listed it on the front page of PrincipalsPage. com this week. I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Greg Thompson

    The Big Moo is a fantastic book! I would enjoy hearing about what you took away from the read.

  • Karen Kliegman

    Hi Carolyn,
    Glad you will try to join us…just so that you know, we are an elementary school! But we’d love to skype with you!

  • uraimondo

    Carolyn: The next step for the teachers I worked with is to return to their individual schools and begin setting up student and subject blogs. I am fortunate that I brought along teachers with me so I can work alongside them in creating and assisting in creating blogs. I cannot wait for this school year to start.

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  • Ruth Hanson

    Carolyn – I read your comment on another blog that said you were able to get Skype to help you make it safer to use for schools. I couldn’t find anything on their site about that. It is blocked at our school and all our students have laptops. Any information you can give would be great.
    Thanks.
    Ruth Hanson

  • Fran Bullington

    Carolyn,
    Hope you are enjoying your summer! I was tagged to take part in a meme started by Joyce Valenza. You are mentioned a couple of times in the post.
    The post I considered one of my best reflection pieces came from one of your posts.

    I hate “tagging” people in memes, so instead I mention folks I’d love to see take part if they so desire. I mentioned you there, also.

  • Peter W Tobey

    Congratulations. Your blog has been nominated for our Library Blog Awards. In fact, your blog was suggested more than once. We’re in the process of assembling information about all those nominated and will be sending a short questionaire, including the categories of awards and the judges involved. Would you please send me your email address so that I can send you the questionaire? If your email is on your blog, I couldn’t locate it.

    Thanks in advance,
    Peter W Tobey
    [email protected]

  • Jessica Schram

    Hi Carolyn,

    My name is Jessica Schram and I am the Director of Public Relations for Student Voice. We are thrilled you mentioned your conversation with Zak in your blog “Where is student voice at SXSWedu” and love that you share our vision of a future where students are partners in designing their educational experience.

    We’d love to keep you in the loop about future Student Voice endeavors and invite you to our events like out upcoming “Student Voice Live!” in New York. Please reach out to me via email at your convenience so I can add you to our list of supporters.

    We appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for education. Keep up the great work!

    Best,
    Jess

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