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The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University presents its next Wednesday Webinar: “What does it take to be a school librarian?”


Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. for a free, interactive online open house to learn more about the requirements for school librarians (in Ohio), as well as the day-to-day experience of professionals in this rewarding field. Presenters will be SLIS Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Alumna Angela Wojtecki, M.L.IS. ’09, school librarian in Nordonia, Ohio. (See bios below.) The session will last approximately one hour, and viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live presentation.


Register at http://bit.ly/SchoolLib-26sept2012 to receive a link to the webinar. (You will receive an email with the link to the webinar a day or two prior to the event.)


For more information on the K-12 school librarianship specialization at Kent State SLIS, visit http://www.kent.edu/slis/programs/mlis/k-12-school-libraries.cfm.


If you’ve missed any of our recent webinars, you’ll find them archived on our website: http://www.kent.edu/slis/programs/wednesday-webinars.cfm.


(Note: If you do not already have Silverlight on your computer, you may need to download it in order to view the presentation. It's free at http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx/. )




Sept. 26 presenters


Meghan Harper, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University, leads the school library media specialization, overseeing curriculum in that area and advising all K-12 library media licensure students. Her research areas include school library administration and evaluation, and she is author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth (Neal-Schuman, 2011) and the forthcoming Cataloging for School Librarians (Neal-Schuman, 2012), along with numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. In 2004 she was co-recipient of a grant for $486,621, the “Librarians for the 21st Century Program,” from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for libraries and museums in the nation. The same year she also received a $4,000 grant from the College of Communication and Information at Kent State to develop an online course for cataloging for school library media specialists.


Harper earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Library Science, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Kent State. Prior to joining the SLIS faculty, she was Coordinator of Libraries and Technology and Assistant Curriculum Director for Wooster City Schools; Coordinator of Media Services, Elementary Library Coordinator, High School and Middle School Librarian, Network Systems Operator, and University of Akron School of Business and Technology Liaison for Coventry Local Schools; and Elementary Librarian for Cleveland City Schools, Cleveland.


Among other appointments and committees, Harper is a member of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA); American Association of School Librarians (AASL, Research and Statistics Committee); Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Ohio Educational Library Association (OELMA); American Library Association (ALA); and Kent State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. She was appointed to two three-year terms on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She has been an invited speaker at numerous state and national conferences.


Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. ’09, holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Development from the University of Akron. She has worked in both the public library and various education settings, and decided to merge her two passions and become a school library media specialist. She has worked as the middle school Library Media Specialist in Nordonia Hills City School District and as the District Librarian for Streetsboro City Schools, managing five school libraries. She is now at the high school in Nordonia.




All the best,





Flo Cunningham

Marketing Communications and Public Relations Director

School of Library and Information Science

Kent State University


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