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Beatrice C. Baaden

Beatrice C. Baaden

Director, School Library Media Program, Associate Professor

B.A., St. John’s University,M.A., Adelphi University,M.S., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Ed.D., Hofstra University


Dr. Bea Baaden has been an educator for more than 35 years, 27 of those years as a school library media specialist. Bea’s work with students in the information search process approach to library research was highlighted in the book, Curriculum Partner by Carol Kearney (2000) and in the video, “The School Library: Where Learning Meets the Future” (AASL/ALA, 2000).

After retiring from the Plainedge Public Schools (Nassau County, N.Y.) in 2002, Bea became an assistant professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, where she designed and implemented courses in school library management, instructional leadership and design, and teaching methods for school librarians. Bea was appointed director of the School Library Program at the Palmer School in 2009, where she has developed a blended learning school library media program for all campuses of Long Island University. in 2014, the School Library program was also offered totally online. 

Bea has written a manual for graduate students in school media to use to prepare for the Content Specialty Test in library media and a guide to the professional portfolio for the library media specialist.


School Libraries, Instructional Design


  • Author, “Transmission of a Professional Culture: Transition Mentoring,” published in Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession (IFLA)
  • Author, “Transmission of a Professional Culture in School Media: Transition Mentoring,” published in School Library Media Activities Monthly
  • Co-author, “Exploring the Potential of Public Library Service for the Homeschooled,” published in the Journal of Library Administration and Management
  • Co-author, “Transition Mentoring: Transmission of a Professional Culture”

Lectures & Presentations

  • Author, “Teaching HiTech Skills in a Low Tech Environment,” presented at the Long Island School Media Association and School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York conferences (2009)
  • Author, “21st Century Information Literacy Skills: Nine Considerations for 21st Century Learning,” presented at the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association Annual Conference (2008)
  • Author, “Enhancing Lesson Plans Using AASL Standards and NBSLS Scope and Sequence,” presented at an all-day workshop for Nassau BOCES School Library System (2008)
  • Author, “Differentiated Instruction in the School Media Center: Curriculum Design Strategies,” presented at the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association Annual Conference (2007)
  • Author, “Curriculum Re-Design Process: The School Media Program,” panel presented at the New York Library Association Annual Conference (2007)


  • Recipient, David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence, Long Island University (2009)


  • Advisory Board Member, Nassau BOCES School Library System
  • Advisory Board Member, Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System
  • Advisory Board Member, Western Suffolk BOCES School Library System
  • Member, New York Library Association
  • Member, American Association of School Librarians
  • Member, American Library Association
  • Member, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Member, Governor’s Council for Universal Broadband Digital Literacy