Doug Johnson is the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12. He is the author of nine books, columns in Educational Leadership and Library Media Connection, the Blue Skunk Blog, and articles published in over forty books and periodicals. Doug has worked with over 200 organizations around the world and has held leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL. (75 words)
Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of nine books including Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age; Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part; and The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide to Technology. His columns appear in ASCD’s Educational Leadership and in Library Media Connection. Doug’s Blue Skunk Blog averages over 50,000 visits a month, and his articles have appeared in over forty books and periodicals. Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL. (150 words)
Less brief bio:
Formal education includes:
- BA in English Ed. from the University of Northern Colorado, 1976
- MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa, 1979
- Certification in Media Supervision from Mankato State University (MN), 1991.
- Bush Leadership Program, 1996-98.
Teaching experiences include: 2 years high school English teacher
- 5 years 1/2 junior high English teacher and 1/2 media specialist
- 5 years K-8 media specialist (Saudi Arabia)
- 2 years high school media specialist
- 20 years district technology director and media supervisor
- 16 years state university adjunct in Library Media Education (adolescent materials, materials for children, information and society, school library leadership (administration), Internet and advanced Internet for educators, and technology in education)
Writings: My articles have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, MultiMedia Schools, School Library Journal, The Book Report, Teacher Librarian, Leading and Learning with Technology, Internet Research, Creative Classroom, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the NASSP Bulletin, and Cricket. I write a regular column for Library Media Connection, ISTE’s Leading & Learning with Technology and the Education World website. I also contribute regularly to AASL’s Knowledge Quest and AASA’s The School Administrator journals. My books The Indispensable Librarian (1997) and The Indispensable Teacher’s Guide to Computer Skills 2nd edition (2002), and Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age (2003) are published by Linworth Publishing. A small book, Machines Are the Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part: Observations About Making Technology Work in Schools was published in 2004 and is now a free download. School Libraries Head for the Edge, was published by Linworth/ABC-CLIO November, 2009. The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide to Technology was pubished March 2012. The second edition of the Indispenable Librarian will be published in May 2013.
Speaking: I have presented and given keynotes for over 200 local, state and national conferences including NECC, AASL, FETC, MACUL, GaETC, and TIES; conducted workshops for the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the United States Information Service and in Germany for the Department of Defense Schools of Heidelberg; and presented at NE/SA conferences in Bangkok, Nairobi, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, and Dubai, at the ECIS conference in Berlin and at EARCOS conferences in Bangkok. I have also given workshops and done consulting for school districts throughout the country. A more complete list of schools and organizations with whom I have worked is here.
Leadership: My leadership experience includes working on a variety of state and national library committees and task forces, serving in a variety of official positions including president in my state media/technology organization (MEMO, an AASL/ISTE Affiliate), and working on a variety of committees and work groups for the state of Minnesota’s Department of Education. I have testified on technology issues for state legislative committees, helped write state standards and technology plans; and chaired state-wide media/technology conferences. I am a “charter” member of the ISTE SIGMS, served on a NETS writing/review committee, chaired the AASL SPVS division, and served from 2003-2008 on the ISTE board.