Jo Dervan teaches School Library and Classroom Collaborations.

Josephine (Jo) Dervan recently retired from her position as Library Media Specialist at Strathmore Elementary School in Aberdeen, New Jersey. She has worked in public and school libraries in New York and New Jersey for over 28 years.

Jo has been using the Internet in her school media center and for personal communications since 1996. The Strathmore School Media/Technology program is integrated throughout the curriculum and well known for its technology rich environment.

Besides teaching library and Internet skills to kindergarteners through fifth graders, Jo has extensive experience facilitating workshops and adult education courses in computer and Internet use with teachers and library media specialists, parents and senior citizens.

Jo speaks frequently at conferences and has conducted workshops for Monmouth County (NJ) Vocational School District, Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL). She is a frequent contributor to LM_Net listserv for school librarians, and her bibliography of Dialect Variation in Children's Literature was published on the Bank Street College of Education Web site.

Jo has contributed to articles in ESchool News, American Libraries, and Library Talk magazine. Articles about her work with children have appeared in the Asbury Park Press as well as on channel 9 news, a local New York television station.

Jo has been an active member in the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) for over 10 years and serves on the Executive Committee. Among her recent involvements in NJASL are serving on the steering committee for New Jersey Reads- a literacy initiative created by Verizon, and she is a member of the finance committee for NJASL. She represented the Central Jersey Regional Cooperative on a Diversity Day steering committee for the New Jersey State Library. Jo is a member of ALA and AASL.

Jo had involved many of her media classes in collaborative projects with schools around the world including keypal projects with 15 schools on 4 continents. For four years her classes have participated in Teddy Bear exchanges with the same school in Australia, and this past summer she visited this school. Strathmore Elementary also hosted a group of students from a South African keypal school.

Jo and her school's principal have won state recognition and awards from the National Peace Corps Association for international collaboration projects. Jo was selected as a National Peace Corps Global Educator award winner based on her commitment to lead youth to a knowledge of and respect for peoples, cultures and nations of the world and an understanding of their interdependence.

Jo has been instrumental in securing literacy grants for her school from the Dollar General Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 1987 Jo received the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition certificate.

Jo received her B.A. in history with a minor in elementary education from Ladycliff College (NY) and a Master of Library Science from Pratt Institute (NY), and has completed professional development courses at Rutgers University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Dayton, and Antioch University.

Jo also teaches an online course in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.

Jo currently splits her time between New Jersey and Florida. During her free time Jo enjoys reading, crafts, shopping, plays and dining in nearby New York City. She and her husband have enjoyed traveling to China, Egypt, Venezuela, Spain, France, Mexico, Portugal, Canada, , and Australia, Greece and Turkey as well as many sections of the United States.

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