and for different grade and ability levels and for a variety of information and communication needs. It’s a translation of service. It’s collection development, access,
equity. And it’s about engaging with and understanding community needs.
Miller: I love this thought, Joyce—tool literacy. It is definitely a skill and an area we
must wrap our heads around as we gain knowledge about all of the digital tools and
apps we have access to within the world of education. It can be overwhelming at
times, but I find it so exciting and fun to discover new technologies, especially those
that possess the potential for creativity, collaboration, communication and, of course,
connecting to one another in unique and engaging ways.
Valenza: So, Shannon, you present these tools to groups of teachers and librarians all
the time and you regularly blog about integrating new technologies into K– 12 education. How do you stay ahead of the curve?
Miller: I have a lot of ways I keep up with all of these digital resources. First, I do a
lot of reading and research almost every day. Second, being part of the AASL Best
Websites Committee, this is a passion of mine, and that list is one of my favorite
places to go for new websites and apps. I have go-to blogs that I read; people and
conversations I follow on Twitter (including #tlchat, #edtech and #futurereadylibs);
and I find tons of ideas and inspiration at the conferences and workshops I attend,
from Facebook friends, and within groups such as the Future Ready Librarian group
on Facebook, which is my favorite—it is not only useful for learning about new tools
and apps; there is always someone willing to help and share ideas on how to use these
new discoveries too.
And don’t forget—one of the most important keys to keeping up is also being able
to organize, collect, and share all of these new digital tools and apps too!
Valenza: I am glad you brought that up. Our ability to curate plays a part in managing the flood of digital tools and apps for our communities. I recently created a
poster about the growing number of ways school librarians curate digital tools using
Collection is so much more than the books you buy. It is about what you point to
and make discoverable. Curation is the story you tell around the digital resources
Miller likes Collections within the Destiny platform for curating digital resources.