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The Hillsborough Association of School Library Media Specialists is the professional organization of elementary, middle, K-8 and high school certified teachers called school library media specialists.
There are greater than 200 media specialists in 27 high schools, 43 middle schools, 5 K-8 schools and 145 elementary schools in the School District of Hillsborough County, plus specialty schools such as exceptional, adult ed, and career centers.
The library media specialist is poised to work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and others to facilitate students' entry into the communication age. Collaboration is essential as library media specialists work with teachers to plan , conduct, and evaluate learning activities that incorporate information literacy. The library media specialist takes the lead in educational reform by showing the connections between information-based learning and the skills students will need in the twenty-first century. They use technology from the perspective of the technologist, integrating people, learning, and the tools of technology.
- Information Power,
American Association of School Librarians [and] Association for Educational Communcations and Technology; edited by Donald C. Adcock. Chicago: ALA 1999