LM_NET was begun by founding fathers Peter Milbury and Michael Eisenberg. Peter served as longtime Teacher Librarian at Chico High School in Chico, CA and as coordinator of the Library Media Services Program at CSU, Chico. Mike was a Professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University and later the founding Dean of the Information School at the University of Washington. Peter and Michael had both been using email discussions as a way to connect school librarians. When the two decided to merge their discussion lists, LM_NET was born. LM_NET launched with 42 members on June 8, 1992. It has since grown to become perhaps the most important professional development resource for school library professionals. Today, we have nearly 12,000 members from 64 countries on LM_NET and nearly 2,000 on our companion listserv El-Announce. LM_NET is generously hosted by Syracuse University. The listserv is managed and moderated by Blythe Bennett, Program Manager of the Library Information Science/School Media program at Syracuse University and by Michelle Kelley, current Butte College Instructor and longtime K-12 Teacher Librarian.
LM_NET in the News and Accolades (Partial List in Chronological Order)
Burke, John J. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff. American Library Association, 2020. Print.
Martin, Lyn Elizabeth M. The Challenge of Internet Literacy: The Instruction-Web Convergence. Taylor & Francis, 2019.
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. American Library Association, 2018. Print.
Harvey, Carl A. II. The 21st-Century Elementary School Library Program: Managing for Results. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. Print.
Mardis, Marcia. The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. Print.
Butler, Rebecca. School Libraries 3.0: Principles and Practices in the Digital Age. Roman & Littlefield, 2015. Print.
Johnson, Doug. The Indispensable Librarian. Linworth, 2013. Print.
Baule, Steven M. and Julie E. Lewis. Social Networking for Schools. Linworth, 2012. Print.
Farwell, Sybil M. and Nancy L. Teger. Supporting Reading in 6-12: A Guide. Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Print.
Santa Clara Office of Education. Where Do I Start? A School Librarian Handbook. Linworth, 2012. Print.
Stirling, Diane. "Library Media Network Listserv Celebrates 20 Years." iSchool News. Syracuse Univeristy. 15 June 2012. Web.
Bennett, Blythe. "Librarian to Librarian: Mentoring on LM_NET." Library Media Connection. Mar/April 2009. Print.
Brookover, Sophie and Elizabeth Burns. Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with Your Whole School Community. Information Today, 2008.
Goodin, M.E. The Virtual School Library. Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Print. (Chapter 3 is devoted to LM_NET).
Woolls, Blanche and David V. Loertscher. The Whole School Library Handbook. American Library Association, 2005. Print.
Clyde, Laurel. School Libraries and the Electronic Community. Scarecrow Press, 1997. Print.
MacDonald, Randall. The Internet and the School Media Specialist: Transforming Traditional Service. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1997. Print.
Eisenberg, Michael and Peter Milbury. "LM_NET: Where Media Specialists Meet in Cyberspace." School Library Journal. Nov 1994. Print.
Eisenberg, Michael B. and Peter Milbury. LM-NET: Helping School Library Media Specialists to Shape the Networking Revolution in the Schools. School Library Media Annual v12. 1994. Print.