Judy Hauser, author, database search specialist and information media consultant for Oakland Schools, was recently honored by Governor Snyder with a three year appointment to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees.
It was an unexpected honor for Judy, but one that fittingly crowns a career that veered down an unexpected cyber-path before most teachers and librarians were tech-savvy practitioners:
“I was hired to assist a computer literacy project at Oakland Schools back in 1985, and ended up working in the Information Center. At the time, I had two degrees in anthropology, so I went back to school and obtained my master’s degree in information and library studies (MILS) from the University of Michigan. I’ve been a cyber-librarian ever since! My clients are the public school employees of Oakland County; I provide Web 2.0 professional development for teachers and administrators, and assist with database searches and online resources.”
Judy is enthusiastic about the resources that are literally at teachers’ fingertips via the internet, and teaches patrons how to use the powerhouse of free, online information known as MeL (Michigan eLibrary).
“The Information Center at Oakland Schools is one-half traditional library,” said Judy, “and one-half a virtual services library. We are open for teachers every day, and we are delighted to help them track down the info they need.”
As a past president of the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), Hauser is an enthusiastic advocate of the use of web tech for students. Understanding the additional need for parent resources on the subject, Judy wrote a “what you need to know” book in 2009 for moms and dads wanting to stay a step ahead of their tech-savvy children.
In a natural segue, Hauser recently collaborated with three other librarians on a white paper for both educators and parents, titled Educational Technology in Schools. She was asked to chair the committee to write the paper for the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, by the President of AASL. Judy’s white paper introduction underscores her intelligent ed tech vision and highly progressive work at Oakland Schools over the last 28 years:
“When used appropriately, educational technology is a tool to assist with implementation of the Common Core Standards, help raise graduation rates, and prepare students for life beyond K-12 education. Technology employed in isolation, without direct instruction, or highly qualified guidance, fails to address these concerns.”
The concise report continues on to address school filtering, usage policies, apps, social media and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and concludes with a strong teaching recommendation for now and for the future…
“If, as Jean Piaget asserts, “The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done,” then it is imperative that educators actively promote the use of technology in school libraries and classrooms. Our students deserve nothing less.”
As one of Lansing’s newest State Library Trustees, Judy Hauser will have an even broader opportunity to be an “active promoter” of educational technology for teachers and students in Oakland County and across Michigan.
“The trustee position is an honor,” stated Hauser. “Supporting educators is the goal.”
Educational Technology in Schools (Cordell, Eckhardt, Hauser, McGriff)
Waterford’s Hauser receives gubernatorial appointment (Kevin Miller / Spinal Column)
from Jean MacLeod, Communications/Oakland Schools
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