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Johnston, Melissa P. (2012): Youth searching online: an investigation of gender influence. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 494-497. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2132176.2132262

Questions relating to gender and technology are important cultural issues in our society and the design of educational programs for children depends on accurate information about this aspect of our culture. The changing information landscape and highly technological environment of 21st century schools is one where the Internet has become a significant source of information to support class-based work. Yet, there is little current research that specifically investigates how students search for information online and the various factors than can influence this process. One of these factors is gender. As technology's presence in our society increases, school librarians and educators need research to inform their instruction in preparing students to be effective online information seekers. This poster presents in-progress research investigating children's online information seeking behavior through the cultural lens of gender in order to further the understanding of how youth seek information online and aid school librarians' efforts in developing effective instruction.

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Johnston, Melissa P. (2011): The school librarian as a technology integration leader: enablers and barriers to leadership enactment. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 691-693. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940872

This poster presents preliminary findings of in-progress research investigating current practice to identify what is enabling some school librarians to thrive as technology integration leaders and what is hindering others in order to guide school librarians in successfully enacting this role. The highly technological environment of 21st century schools has significantly redefined the role of the school librarian by presenting the opportunity to assume leadership roles through technology integration. The school librarian must evolve as a leader in order to address the needs of today's learners and ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, but the lack of research in this area has left school librarians ill prepared for the enactment of this role. This research, based on a distributed leadership theoretical foundation, seeks to identify and categorize the enablers and barriers experienced by school librarians in enacting a leadership role in technology integration.

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