Jennifer LaGarde is a lifelong educator and learner. With over twenty years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as a classroom teacher, a Nationally Board Certified teacher-librarian, a digital teaching and learning specialist, district-level support staff and a state-wide leader as a consultant for both the NC Department of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional Innovation.
In addition to her work with Antioch, Jennifer also consults with school districts around the country to build the very best school library programs possible for the learners she serves. She also continues to teach Young Adult Literature and Emerging Literacies, for preservice librarians, at Rutgers University.
BA, English and Education, University of NC at Wilmington
MLS, Library Science, Appalachian State University
- Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In the Age of Fake News (with Darren Hudgins), ISTE, 2018.
- Fact VS Fiction 2: Lessons, Strategies and Tools for Cultivating Digital Detectives (with Darren Hudgins), ISTE, 2021
- “News Literacy Must Include Social Emotional Learning (with Darren Hudgins), School Library Journal, May 26, 2020
- “Get Smart About Memes,” (with Darren Hudgins), School Library Journal, April 19, 2020
- “A News– and Media Literacy–Themed Mixtape for Tough Times,” (with Darren Hudgins), School Library Journal, March 19, 2020
- “A Deep Dive into Deep Fakes: Media Literacy in a World Where Seeing Is no Longer Believing,” (with Darren Hudgins), School Library Journal, Feb 25, 2020
- “It’s Time To Go Mobile While Teaching News Literacy,” (with Darren Hudgins), School Library Journal, Feb 04, 2020
- “Expanding Library Collections To Meet The Needs of the Community,” School Library Journal, Jan 16, 2020
- “Education Influencers, Please Disclose Your Partnerships with Vendors,” School Library Journal, Sep 24, 2019
- AASL Social Media Superstar: "Social Justice Defender." (2018)
- ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s "I Love My Librarian Award," (2012)
- Library Journal Mover and Shaker (2012)
- Salem Press Blog of The Year (2011)
- Washington Library Association
- American Association of School Librarians
- International Society for Technology Educators
There has never been a more exciting or more important time to be a teacher-librarian. Our world is in desperate need of more readers and critical thinkers whose empathy and ability to parse credibility in the information they consume fuels and defines their contributions to the world. As librarians, these two critical skills are at the heart of what we do, making our work more essential than ever.