Member Profile

Lesley Farmer

Lesley Farmer


Lesley Farmer is an author of materials Lesley Farmer is a member of the Virtual Speakers Bureau Lesley Farmer is a Peer Reviewer


Virtual Speakers Bureau

Skills & Interests


  • International Federal of Library Associations
    Section Newsletter and Blog Editor 08/2007 – Current
  • Association of Library and Information Science Educators
    Intl.l Education, School Library Educators, Gender Issues SIG Chairs 01/2006 – Current
  • Special Library Association
    Education Division Chair, Journal Blog Editor, PD Coordinator 06/2004 – Current

Education History

  • EdD Adult Education (07/1981)
    Temple University
  • MS Library Science (10/1972)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2017). Managing the successful school library.. ALA.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.; Safer, Alan M.. (2016). Library improvement through data analytics. ALA.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2015). Information and digital literacies: A curricular guide for middle and high school librarians. Rowman & Littlefield.

Teaching Experience

  • Various courses (Current)
    • California State University Long Beach – library science and educational technology
    • since 1999: taught youth literature, organization of information, management, reference and information literacy, collection development, educational technology
  • various courses (Spring 1999)
    • San Jose State University – Librarianship
    • 1987-1990, 1998-1999: taught technology, youth services, collection development
  • Microcomputers (Spring 1983)
    • Villanova University and University of Delaware – librarianship and technology


  • English
    • Speaking level: Superior
    • Reading level: Superior
  • French
    • Speaking level: Intermediate
    • Reading level: Intermediate

Honors & Awards

  • ALA Leadership Award (06/2020)
  • Catholic Library Assn. St. Drexel Award (04/2020)
    Awarded for impact on high school librarianship
  • SLA Anne Galler Award (04/2020)
    Special Libraries Assn. Education Division award for outstanding contributions to the field and association


  • Optimizing Literacy through MERLOT (Presentation about MERLOT), 02/06/2016
    This was one of several MERLOT presentations, but I have presented more than 300 sessions locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally


  • Librarianship Program Coordinator (08/1999 – Current) CSU Long Beach
  • Library Director (08/1984 – 08/1999) San Domenico School
  • Teacher Librarian (08/1993 – 07/1999) Tamalpais Union School District