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In this podcast episode, I interview information literacy expert Jennifer Lagarde. We explore what it means to navigate the everchanging media landscape in a world of AI. I’m a huge fan of the books that she co-wrote with Darren Hudgins. I hope you enjoy this deep dive podcast episode.

Jennifer LaGarde standing in front of library books

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About Jennifer LaGarde

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a lifelong educator and learner. With over 20 years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as:

  • a classroom teacher

  • a teacher librarian

  • district digital teaching and learning specialist

  • district school library media lead

  • state-wide library/technology support consultant for NCDPI

  • independent contractor/consultant

  • Adjunct faculty at both Rutgers and Antioch Universities.

    • Courses designed and delivered:​

      • School Library Program Management​

      • School Library Collection Development

      • Developing Digital Detectives: Information Literacy in the Digital Age

      • Emerging Literacies

      • Young Adult Literature

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from the University of NC at Wilmington. And she earned her Master’s in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She also holds National Board Certification in the area of School Library Media. Some of the awards and distinctions she has received include:

  • ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s “I Love My Librarian Award,”

  • Library Journal Mover and Shaker

  • AASL Social Media Superstar: “Social Justice Defender.”

  • Salem Press Blog of The Year

Jennifer has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian, ISTE, School Library Connections and Knowledge Quest. She’s also the coauthor of the books Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In the Age of Fake News (ISTE, 2018) and Developing Digital Detectives (ISTE, 2021) with Darren Hudgins. Jennifer currently resides in Olympia, Washington where she spends time chasing after her two dogs, drinking lots of coffee and updating her award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.

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John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.More about me

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