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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 serves as International Association for School Librarianship Library Education SIG chair, chaired the IFLA School Libraries section,  and coordinates the Education Section of Special Libraries Association professional development. Dr. Farmer has received several awards, including the 2017 AASL Distinguished Service Award. 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 analystics (with Dr. Alan Safer; ALA, 2016).


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

Research Interests

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

Representative Publications

  • Library Improvement through Data Analytics (ALA, 2016)

  • Managing the successful school library (ALA, 2017)

  • 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)

  • Your School Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2009)

  • Teen Girls and Technology (Teachers College Press, 2008)

  • The Human Side of Reference and Information Service (Chandos, 2007)

  • Collaborating with Administrators and Educational Support Staff (Neal-Schuman, 2006)

  • Digital Inclusion, Teens, and Your Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2005)

  • Technology-Enhanced Instruction for the Educational Community (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

  • Student Success and Library Media Programs (Libraries Unlimited, 2003)

  • How to Conduct Action Research (AASL, 2003)

  • Teaming with Opportunity (Libraries Unlimited, 2001)

  • Cooperative Learning Activities in the Library Media Center / 2d ed (Libraries Unlimited, 1999)

  • Partnerships for Lifelong Learning (Linworth, 1999)

  • Go Figure: Mathematics through Sports (Teacher Ideas Press, 1999)

  • Editor, IFLA School Libraries Section Newsletter

  • Hundreds of book chapters and articles

Recent Conference Presentations

(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
(2015, August 19). Teaching ethics through reference service. International Federation of Library Associations conference, Cape Town
(2015, July 1-2). Visual literacy through comic arts. Library of Congress literacy awards. International Association of School Librarianship conference, Maastricht, Netherlands
(2015, June 27). Data analytics for library improvement. American Library Association conference, San Francisco.
(2015, Jan. 29). Information as a human right. Association for Library and Information Science Educators conference. Chicago
(2014, June 27-29). Gender issues in new adult health information behavior. Data analytics for library management.  American Library Association conference, Las Vegas
(2014, Mar. 10). Read-aloud strategies. US Department of State,  Rwanda
(2013, Nov. 1, 2). Digital citizenship and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Teaching digital citizenship and transliteracy. Assn. of Educational and Communications Technology conf.
(2013, Aug. 21). Collaboration in support of library training. Intl. Federation of Library Assns. conf., Singapore
(2013, July 20). Building knowledge: Teaching information architecture through comic arts. Comic-Con, San Diego
(2013, June 24-25). Teaching digital citizenship to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Preservice teachers: Creating a curriculum materials library/school library loop. American Library Assn. conference, Chicago
(2013, Feb. 26). Designing instruction to build community for all. eAccessibility conference, Richardson, TX
(2013, Jan. 23, 24). Professional association roles in teacher librarian education in developing countries. Gendered issues of technology-based information seeking behaviors of teenagers. Assn. of Library and Information Science Educators conference, Seattle

Campus Leadership

Chair, ASEC Curriculum Committee
Chair, ASEC Faculty Review Committee
Prior Chair, Library Advisory Committee
Prior Chair, Faculty Advisory Counsel on Technology
Prior Chair, Interdisciplinary Program Advisory Committee
Prior Secretary, PARC
Chair, College Technology Committee
Former e-learning consultant

Leadership in Professional Associations

International Association of School Librarianship Education SIG Chair
International Federation of Library Associations School Libraries Chair and Literacy/Reading Sections Editor
Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board
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
Workshops on library services for youth with ASD

Recent Teaching or Other Professional Experiences in P-16 Settings

Workshops on school libraries and Common Core
Consultant on digital and information literacy curriculum

Other Professional Accomplishments

International Association of School Librarianship 2016 Commendation Award
American Library Association Library Instruction Librarian Recognition Award 2105 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
Library standards and assessment
International school librarianship and literacy
Library services to youth with autism spectrum disorders