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Changing the Conversation About Librarians | Mark Ray | TEDxElCajonSalon technology conversation



Mark Ray is changing the conversation from “shh…” to “How can I help your with technology?” Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state. For more information on this TED talk go to www.TEDElCajon.com.

Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

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Thanks to his experiences with technology, libraries and teaching, Mark has been able to connect the dots to ensure that librarians can help students, teachers and systems navigate the digital shift. Early success stories have been featured by Digital Promise, the U.S. Department of Education and articles in Education Week and School Administrator. As a national advocate for libraries, he has been active with Project Connect and more recently in collaborations with U.S. Department of Education and Alliance for Excellent Education.

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This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at .

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  1. My librarian was the one who said to not use Wikipedia and would kick me out when playing a game on the computers.
    It was a crude game that I made for programming class. I was doing my homework and she kicked me out for it.

  2. When I was studying to become a library technician in Canada in 1991, it was all about computers. We studied the card catalogue for 1 day, if I recall correctly. We were on the internet although it didn't look like it does now and everything was dial up. I eventually worked in a very large law library, became a school librarian, and now a teacher. I do miss library work, however.

  3. “Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”

    ― Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman

  4. Excellent talk! I was fortunate enough to see this in person and awkwardly express my agreement/admiration afterward. Thanks for spreading this future ready vision of libraries and librarians!

  5. Yes! This describes exactly what we should be doing as librarians, and what many of us are doing already. Let's move past the stereotypes and show our students, teachers and administrators that we are very much future ready.

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