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Lesley Farmer

Gold Level Contributor  MERLOT Author  Member of VSB  Peer Reviewer
Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Feb 17, 2018
Member Since: Aug 05, 2004



Primary Affiliation:
  • California State University, Long Beach (Education, 4 Year/4 Year + Grad, CA, United States)

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Virtual Speakers Bureau

Member of VSB Since: Nov 08, 2007
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Fees Involved: Negotiable
Technical Formats: Chat, Conference Calls, Discussion Forums, Email, Face-To-Face, Online/Video Conferencing
Topics of Expertise: school librarianship, educational technology, educational technology equity, online instruction, distance learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational collaboration, digital citizenship, visual literacy, media literacy, data analytics, ICT literacy
Presentation Titles: Teen girls and technology, Collaboration for student achievement, Library services for students with autism, Narrative inquiry as an assessment tool, Information literacy assessment,information literacy framework, digital citizenship, data analytics for library improvement, ICT literacy others by request
Availability, special terms, etc.: most available in California


  • English - speaking level (Superior) - reading level (Superior)
  • French - speaking level (Intermediate) - reading level (Intermediate)

Skills & Interests

Education History

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


  • 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
  • Assistant Professor (08/1981 - 07/1982) Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Information Specialist (10/1977 - 06/1981) Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Librarian and Faculty (10/1975 - 07/1977) Peace Corps Tunisia


  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2015). Information and digital literacies: A curricular guide for middle and high school librarians. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2014). Introduction to reference and information services for today's school libraries. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2013). Library services for youth with autism spectrum disorders.. ALA.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2012). Youth-serving libraries in Japan, Russia, and the U.S. Scarecrow.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2011). Using qualitative methods in action research: How librarians can get to the why of data. ALA.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2011). nstructional design for librarians and information professionals. Neal-Schuman.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2010). Neal-Schuman technology management handbook for school library media centers. Neal-Schuman.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2009). Your school library: Check it out!. Libraries Unlimited.
  • Farmer, Lesley and Henri, James. (2008). Information literacy assessment in k-12 settings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Farmer, Lesley S.. (2008). Teen girls and technology. Teachers College Press.
  • Farmer, Lesley. (2007). Collaborating with administrators and educational support staff.. New York: Neal-Schuman.
  • Farmer, Lesley, Editor. (2007). The human side of reference and information services in academic libraries. Oxford, England: Chandos Publishing.
  • Farmer, Lesley. (2005). Digital inclusion, teens, and your library. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Farmer, Lesley. (2005). Librarians, literacy and the prokmotion of gender equity. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Farmer, Lesley. (2005). Technology-infused instructional design for the educational community. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Farmer, Lesley. (1991-2003). 16 book titles. Libraries Unlimited, Linworth Press, ALA, McFarland.


  • 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
  • Computer Using Educators
    LME SIG and HED SIG Chair 04/1999 - Current
  • International Association of School Librarians
    VP Association Relations 07/2007 - 06/2012
  • American Association of School Librarians
    ELMSS Chair, Board of Directors, Committees 07/1998 - 06/2006

Honors and Awards

  • ALA IRT Librarian Recognition Award (06/2015)
    Awarded by the Library Instruction Round Table for significant contributions to information literacy and instruction
  • Fulbright Scholar (09/2011)
  • ALA Beta Phi Mu Award (06/2011)
    Awarded for significant contributions to library education
  • California Library Association Member of the Year (11/2008)
  • CSULB Distinguished Scholarship Award (05/2008)
  • IASL Research Award (07/2006)
  • CUE Gold Disk Award (04/2005)
  • AASL Research Award (10/2003)
    October 2001 also
  • CSULB College of Education Most Valued Professor (05/2003)

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
  • various courses (Fall 1981)
    Virginia Commonwealth University - School Librarianship
    until summer 1982 taught all school librarianship courses


  • 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