Educators That Rock!

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David Lee King

Educators That Rock!: David Lee King

October 11, 2010
by Shannon Firth
In Topeka, Kan., the library is the second favorite place for teens to hang out. “We’re sort of kicked out at the mall,” they tell David Lee King, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s digital branch and services manager. As a result, the building, particularly the new media area and gaming room, are a little noisier than your average library. But King, a former DJ and assistant recording engineer, and now an author, blogger and librarian thought leader, takes pride in all the bustle. “Not too many people can say, ‘Yeah, teenagers think that the library’s cool.’”

On Oct. 28, King is launching the Library 101 Project with fellow information specialist Michael Porter. The project will include a music video, educator essays and 101 resources.

fE: Why did you choose to become a librarian?

DLK: I was actually in Nashville, Tenn., working as an assistant recording engineer. We [my wife and I] wanted a bit more of an actual paycheck. I got the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and looked through that and realized when I was in college, I really liked researching my papers. Something sort of clicked and I thought, “You know what? I could do that for a job.” And so I went to grad school to get my library and information science degree. I got my first [library] job in 1995. My library didn’t have a Web site, not many people did. So I helped build it and just kept building from there.

Read the rest of the Q&A with David Lee King at findingEducation’s Digital Teachers’ Lounge.

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