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The Technology Innovation Profile Series spotlights academic librarians who promote technological innovation in their community.

IGI Global Profiles Lesley Farmer of California State University, Long Beach

By IGI Global on Jul 10, 2017

Lesley Farmer Encouraging collaboration on emerging technology, development, experience, and success, IGI Global has implemented the Technology Innovation Profile Series as part of our Library Technology Innovation Program. This series brings attention to today's leaders and specialists who use innovation and technology in their research.


Name: Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer
Position: Professor of Library Media
Institution: California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

How do you consider yourself a technological innovator?

In my work as an instructional designer, I use/teach about technology for library science. Additionally, I write blogs for digital citizenship and family-centered Internet activities and manage the Information Communications Technology (ICT) literacy project for California State University system. I am currently incorporating technology in library services for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developing a curriculum focusing on fake news for California State University, Long Beach.

What programs are you currently involved in?

I am involved in the CSULB’s Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling program which provides teachers with librarian credentials and the CSU’s ICT Literacy Project. This project is focused on providing a systematic approach to introducing and incorporating ICT literacy into the educational spectrum and ensuring that all students are ICT literate.

What areas of technological innovation do you consider the most exciting?

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and collective intelligence using technology.

What technology-related projects do you see researchers or librarians implementing in the future?

Librarians are slowly incorporating personalized learning and personalized ILMS into their institutions. Through personalized learning, libraries can track unique student data, help close learning gaps and encourage learning through personal interest. Conjoined with the personalized learning, many institutions will redesign learning spaces to incorporate trending learning technology and optimize the space to make it more conducive to student learning.

Additionally, global learning and cross-cultural learning is a trend that is occurring in many institutions due to the interconnectivity technology provides to students, teachers and professionals.

What advice would you share with others looking to become a leader in supporting technology advancements?

Focus on starting with teachers' demands/workload and show them how technology can address their needs. Then, have individuals participate actively and volunteer for technology-related activities on site and district technology initiatives and plans.

Conduct research on technology-related activities for administrators and decision-makers and conduct technology-related professional development for faculty and administration. When these programs, studies and technologies are created and implemented, it is important to conducting data analytics and tracking how successful they are. Then, individuals can share technology-related successes with faculty to showcase how technology is able to help not only the learning community, but the students at large.

For more information on IGI Global's Technology Innovation Profile Series, please visit here.
A sincere thanks to Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer for taking time out of her busy schedules to collaborate with IGI Global. To read more about Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer research on education technology, be sure to check out her article in the recently released Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of IGI Global.
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