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C.W. Post Alumni, Adjunct Professor Karen Kliegman Named School Librarian of the Year


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. -- Karen Kliegman, an alumni and adjunct professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University has been named School Librarian of the Year from the Nassau BOCES School Library System.

Kliegman, a school librarian and educational technology specialist at Searingtown School in the Herricks UFSD in Albertson, New York, earned an M.S. in Library Science in 1998 and a educational technology masters in 2002, both from C.W. Post, where she serves as an adjunct professor. She was nominated by Dr. John Bierwith, the superintendent of the Herricks School District.

Kliegman is passionate about her role as a teacher-librarian. At the Searingtown School, she manages the library media center that serves 650 students and staff, teaches a project-based a library/technology/research program and serves as the webmaster for the school website. She is the creator and webmaster for the Herricks school district library website and is a professional development instructor in the district where she teaches a variety of educational technology classes geared at (faculty-not community) community members. She is a Google Certified Teacher and has given several Google Apps for Education workshops for various library networks, including the Southwest Florida Library Network and the Northeast Florida Library Network. At the Palmer School, she teaches a summer institute course, Integrating Technology Into the School Media Center.

“We know that today information is free range and that it comes in many different containers,” she said in her acceptance speech. “We know that our students are hyperconnected and to them, change is status-quo. We know that today we live in a world of collective intelligence. We know that we are the ones that are teaching the skills to navigate, process, evaluate, synthesize, sift, and mix, re-create and contribute new thoughts. Now more than ever it is integral to make sure that we are not the only ones who know that. So, make sure your libraries are not just book warehouses. Make them places of transformative questions.”

She has contributed to various journals and books and has attended and presented at myriad local and national professional conferences including the International Society for Technology in Education.

“Karen was a wonderful, creative student, who took the conceptual ideas we spoke about in class and implemented lessons and units that went beyond expectations,” said Bea Baaden, the director of the C.W. Post School Library Media Program. “As a colleague, Karen has been innovative and collaborative in sharing her expertise with our students. She is a model teacher librarian who has expanded our vision of how to use technology for student learning. Personally I am so proud that she took the seeds I offered in our classes and grew them into a dynamic program for her school district. We are so fortunate that Karen is a member of our cherished adjunct staff. Palmer School students look forward every summer to taking her institute in new technologies for school librarians.”

Kliegman, who lives in Rockville Centre, N.Y., is a member of ISTE, ALA, the American Association of School Librarians, the Association for Library Service to Children and the Long Island School Media Association. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University.

Posted 07/19/2011

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