Rebel with a Cause
A self-described “goofball and geek,” Gwyneth Jones is a frequent and formidable presence at library conferences; on her blog, The Daring Librarian, where she appears as a cartoon persona with cat’s-eye glasses and fiery red hair; and at Murray Hill Middle School Library in Laurel, MD, where she oversees everything from an early-morning, student-generated news show and student-penned audiobook reviews to a library treasure hunt involving QR codes and iPods.
Behind the bluster lies a laser-sharp grasp of, and love for, technology. Jones is tireless in sharing her knowledge. As a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Jones, who “has always been a bit of a rebel,” she says, passionately represents all PreK-12 technology educators. On her Flickr Comic Tutorials, she offers detailed, cartoon-style instruction on mastering popular tech tools.
A founding member of the Library Tech Geek Tribe and Bloggers Café, Jones has a big bee in her bonnet when it comes to making kids tech-savvy—i.e., fighting the “Locked Net Monster”—when aggressive filters and other blocks prevent students from accessing worthy web resources. The ability to distinguish a good e-resource from a bad one is critical for kids, she says. Tomorrow, “the evangelical divide will not be measured by access but by whether or not the person knows how to evaluate the resource with some sort of precision.”