Karen Kliegman

My Blog: Wired Librarian
My Skype ID: kkliegman
My Twitter ID: kkliegman
Email: kkliegman@gmail.com

A Little Background


(From my website: Digital Explorations)

Since 2000, I have been the library media/educational technology specialist at Searingtown School, a K-5 elementary school in the Herricks UFSD, located in Albertson, New York. I see approximately 600 children per week in my library media center, where I try to instill in them a love for learning, a passion for reading, and a critical eye on information. I have been the recipient of numerous grants and awards which have supported innovative project-based, technology-enhanced learning projects. In my school, I am a strong advocate for educational technology and am active in several school and district committees. My goal as an educator is to create a learning library, both physical and virtual, in which both educators and students have the opportunity to stay in a continual learning mode as they work in a collegial environment that provides pedagogical, technological, and emotional support.

Besides being the webmaster for Searingtown School, I teach professional development courses in the Herricks School District Teacher Center. My courses have centered on educational technology and the library.

I have been an adjunct professor at Long Island University in their educational technology graduate program. Through my second Master's Degree in educational technology (TEAM), I was introduced, mainly through the efforts and vision of Dr. Bette Schneiderman, co-chairperson of the program, and her EEV (Electronic Educational Village) to key players - not only in the ed-tech field, but in the area of human relations, (human rights activists and community leaders). That was the beginning of a professional learning network that continues to grow. Three years ago I became an adjunct for the Palmer School and hope to continue to be part of their team. I have done workshops for LISMA and have been a consultant for other school districts and other library networks around the country. I am a Google Certified Teacher and a Thinkfinity Trainer.

In June 2009, I won the SIG Media Specialist award from ISTE for my project, Meet the Candidates. I was also a finalist in Cable In the Classroom's national competition. I have presented at several conferences, including NECC 2009, and ISTE 2010, where I presented "Make It Work" and was also part of a Library Web 2.0 Smackdown panel with Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton and others.

Other recognition:
I was also featured in an article in Edutopia: Place-Based Learning.


In 2010 I was the recipient of a travel grant from AASL which allowed me to travel to my very first AASL Conference in Minnesota. In the spring of 2011 I was awarded Nassau BOCES School Library System's "School Librarian of the Year" award! My project, "Survivor MD" was given "Honorable Mention" from ISTE's SIGMS. In the fall of 2011 I was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Optimum Lightpath for a grant I wrote to purchase 25 NOOKColor Readers and NOOKbooks for my library.