|We now have a superhero character, just
this graphic was created by Art Wolinsky of the Online Innovation Institute
|I want to know about great librarians,
and what your doing about online safety and information literacy! We'd
like to honor you...
Our first award of Distinguished Librarian goes to Della Curtis of the Baltimore County Public School System.
Della Curtis is presently the Coordinator of the Office of Library Information Services for the Baltimore County Public Schools, the 24th largest school district in the United States. With 28 years of library service to children and youth, Della Curtis maintains a vision that all children should have equal access to information and ideas, develop lifelong reading behaviors, and use information effectively for problem solving to achieve academic success in school.
Since 1981, Della has been actively involved in staff development of library media specialists, teachers, and other community members to learn how to use and to integrate electronic information environments in teaching and learning. She is co-author of the Baltimore County Public Schools' Telecommunications Board Policies which were adopted by the Board of Education in 1996. She and her colleague, Doris Glotzbach spent over a year researching the use of telecommunicatios in public schools with emphasis on benefits, safe practices, and legal issues. She has served on many professional writing teams and study committees to develop standards for library services to children and youth, library facilities guidelines, information literacy skills curriculum, and staffing guidelines. Most recently, Della developed a partnership with Towson University to address the critical need for certified library media specialits. The School Library Media Cohort is regarded as a model library educational program to prepare outstanding teachers to make a career change into the library media profession. Her most recent passion is the Parent Internet Education initiative which aims to teach parents about the benefits of the Internet, its safe use in school and home, and how parents can use the Internet for family empowerment.
Della is a graduate of Salem-Teikyo University where she earned a B.A. in Secondary Education, English, and Library Science. She also holds a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Towson University. She is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and is active in writing and teaching inservice courses in the Baltimore County Public Schools.
As we build this page, we want to hear from you...we'll publish special announcements, special librarian sites and sites of interest to librarians. I also want to honor special librarians and will take recommendations from children, parents and other librarians.
We'll also keep you informed about the legal issues relating to filtering and blocking in libraries, and will invite special guests here to discuss the issue from time to time.
Let us know which sites we should be linking to, and if you have any special opinions about sites, we'll be happy to publish your review of your site, even your own site (if we don't say nice things about ourselves...who will?<g>)...