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Lesley Farmer

Teacher Librarian Services Credential

Educational Technology & Media Leadership


Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program and the Applied Disabilities Studies Certificate program. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Program. Dr. Farmer has worked as a library media teacher in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. She coordinates the Education Section of Special Libraries Association professional development., and chairs two California School Libraries Association committees. Dr. Farmer has received several awards, including the 2017 AASL Distinguished Service Award, the 2020 ALA Leadership Award, the Catholic Library Association St. Katharine Drexel Award and CSULB Outstanding Professor. She is also a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Farmer is a frequent presenter and writer for the profession. Her latest books include Managing the successful school library (ALA, 2017) and Library improvement through data analytics (with Dr. Alan Safer; ALA, 2016). Her books Fake news in context (Routledge) and Impactful community-based literacy projects (ALA) are being launched fall 2020. 


M.S. Library Science, U of N. Carolina Chapel Hill, 1972
Ed.D. Adult Education, Temple University, 1981

Professional Licenses and Credentials

Single Subject
Teacher Librarian
Adult Education / Community College

Research Interests

School librarianship including international aspects, information and media literacy, digital citizenship, program assessment, data analytics, and educational technology (particularly gender issues)

Representative Publications

  • Fake News in Context  (Routledge, 2020)

  • Impactful Community-Based Literacy Projects (ALA, 2020)

  • Managing the Successful School Library (ALA, 2017)

  • Library Improvement through Data Analytics (ALA, 2016)

  • Information and Digital Literacies: A Curricular Guide for Middle and High School Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

  • Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

  • Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ALA, 2013)

  • Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan, Russia, and the United States (Scarecrow Press, 2012)

  • Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research (D. Cook co-editor) (ALA, 2011)

  • Technology Management Handbook for School Library Media Centers (M. McPhee co-author)(Neal-Schuman, 2010)

  • 11 over books before 2010

  • Hundreds of book chapters and articles

Recent Conference Presentations

(2020, June 24-25). The truth about fake news. Instructional design and online standards. Incorporating media literacy into the curriculum. Online Learning Consortium conference
(2020, Apr. 9). Pre-service teachers' preparation to integrate computational thinking. Society for the Integration of Technology into Teacher Education conference
(2020, Mar. 12). Longitudinal CSU system student disabilities trends. CSUN Assistive Technology conference, Anaheim
(2020, Jan. 21). Fake news and visual literacy. Association of College and Research Libraries conference
(2019, Dec. 20) Creativity in the digital age (invited keynote). Addressing computational thinking in pre-service training. Optimizing ICT literacy through OERs. ICE conference on education, teaching and learning, Taipei
(2019, Dec. 17). Cross-cultural online instructional design. Enhanced collective intelligence online (best presentation award). ICEEEL International conference on e-education and elearning, Bangkok
(2019, Oct. 17). Digital citizenship encounters journalism. Catho>(2019, Oct. 17). Digital citizenship encounters journalism. Catholiclic Library Association virtual conference
(2019, June 26, 27). International aspects of media literacy education. Fake news essentials. National Association of Media Literacy Education conference, Washington, DC
(2018, Nov. 13). U.S. school libraries. Skolbibliotek Ost, Stockholm, Sweden
(2018, Oct.  26). Addressing fake news. UNESCO Media and information literacy cities conference, Kaunas, Lithuania
(2018, Oct. 11). School library education and digitization. Media and information competence conference, Borås, Sweden
(2018, August 27). Cross-cultural impact on workplace literacy. International Federation of Library Associations conference, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
(2018, August 13-14). Fake news and citizen scientists. Gender issues in teen technology use to find health information. Introducing digital citizenship in high school teachers (with S. Adams). International Organization of Science and Technology Education conference, Malmo, Sweden
(2018, June 11, 12). Don’t get fake out by the news. Library services to adults with ASD. Special Library Association, Baltimore
(2018, May 4). International aspects of media literacy education. National Ministry of Education summit, Lyon, France
(2018, May 2). US school librarianship. International Federation of Library Associations School Librarians conference, Lyon, France
(2017, Sep. 18-21). Don’t get faked out by the news. European Conference on Information Literacy conference, Saint Malo, France
(2017, August 21, 23). Showing school library value. Data-driven field experiences for mutual support. IFLA conference, Wroclaw, Poland
(2017, June 25). Guiding school libraries to meet developmental goals. American Library Association conference, Chicago
(2017, June 18).  Making connections with OERs. What do I do with all these numbers? Special Libraries Association conference, Phoenix
(2017, June 3). Internationalizing school librarianship. OERs and MERLOT. Phi Beta Delta conference, Long Beach
(2017, April 22) Learning analytics for engineering education (invited keynote). International Symposium on Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, Vellore, India
(2017, Feb.  25). Optimizing MERLOT to optimize ICT literacy in curricula (invited keynote). Learning analytics for engineering education. International Conference on Engineering Education, Cambridge, UK
(2016, August 22). Data analytics for library improvement. International Association of School Librarianship conference, Tokyo
(2016, August 17). Library of Congress literacy awards. Research on library-based reading promotion. IFLA conference, Columbus, OH

And hundreds before 2016

Campus Leadership

Chair, ASEC Curriculum Committee
Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology
Prior Chair, Library Advisory Committee
Prior ASEC Department Chair
Phi Beta Delta Alpha Chapter Chair
Former e-learning consultant

Leadership in Professional Associations

International Association of School Librarianship Education SIG Chair
International Federation of Library Associations  Literacy/Reading Sections Editor
Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board
California School Libraries Association Curriculum and Reseach Committees Chair
California School Libraries Foundation Secretary
Special Libraries Association Education Division PD Chair

Recent Service to the Profession

CSU ICT Literacy Project Manager
IFLA School Libraries Guidelines Implementation Committee
Librarianship external evaluator
California State Department of Education Media Literacy

Recent Teaching or Other Professional Experiences in P-16 Settings

Workshops on school libraries and news literacy
Consultant on digital and information literacy curriculum

Other Professional Accomplishments

American Library Association 2020 Ken Haycock Leadership Award
Catholic Library Association 2020 St. Katharine Drexel Award
MERLOT 2020 Classics Award
CSULB 2020 President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement
 CSULB College of Education 2019 Outstanding Faculty Service Award
 Fulbright Specialist Program 2018-2021
CSULB Outstanding Professor 2018
American Association of School Librarians Distinguished Services Award
International Association of School Librarianship 2016 Commendation Award
American Library Association Library Instruction Librarian Recognition Award 2015 for Information Literacy
Special Library Association Anne Galler Award 2015
American Library Association Beta Phi Mu 2011 Award for Library Education
Fulbright scholar


Current Projects

Data analytics for libraries
Digital citizenship and news literacy
Library standards and assessment
International school librarianship and literacy
Services to learners with disabilities