Loretta M. Gaffney, MLIS, MA, Ph.D., is a librarian and teacher at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. Illinois-born and Iowa-raised, she is slowly becoming an Angeleno by learning to shiver in 50-degree weather. Loretta is the author of Young Adult Literature, Libraries, and Conservative Activism, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017. A frequent conference speaker and guest lecturer, Loretta taught YA Literature, Reading Research, Intellectual Freedom, and Youth Services Librarianship at both UCLA and the University of Illinois. Her interests include school librarians’ knowledge, intellectual freedom and censorship, social media, and politics. She has twin 13-year-old daughters and a 21-year-old cat.
At the beginning of last school year, I gave my 7th-grade students an assignment. “Draw me a picture of the Internet,” I told them. They looked at me like I was crazy. “How are we supposed to draw the Internet?”… Read More ›