Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is the Lead School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, North Carolina. LaGarde talks about the state of libraries and librarians, around the country, and the “state-of-crisis” so many professionals have been facing.
With over 18 years experience in public education, LaGarde has been a classroom teacher, school library media coordinator, district level leader and educational consultant for the NC Dept of Public Instruction. Jennifer is a past winner of the ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s “I Love My Librarian Award” and she was also named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” for her efforts as a school library advocate.
LaGarde earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from the University of NC at Wilmington. And she earned her Master’s in Library Science from the Appalachian State University. She also holds National Board Certification in the area of School Library Media.LaGarde has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian and Knowledge Quest. She is also the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl.