Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Area Public Schools; Doug writes, speaks and consults on school technology and library issues.

Blue Skunk Blog (Doug's blogsite)
Doug’s Personal Website

Doug Johnson has been the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University, Mankato since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 in schools both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of several books such as The Indispensable Librarian, The Indispensable Teacher's Guide to Computer Skills, Learning Right from Wrong in the Digital Age and Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part. The latest books is School Libraries: Head for the Edge. His articles have appeared in Library Media Connection and Teacher magazines and in over forty books and other periodicals. Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for organizations and groups throughout the United States as well as in Malaysia, Kenya, Thailand, Germany, Qatar, Canada, the UAE and Australia and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL. More online at

Find the index to Doug's articles for the Education World's Technology Integration Channel at

You can see and listen to a recent presentation by Doug Johnson at the TED Conference (2010); the topic was "Entertainment vs. Engagement: Why it's Imperative Educators Know the Difference" (length 18:01 minutes).

This video clip, Libraries Past - Libraries Future, was created by Doug Johnson (2010, length 3:53 minutes).

Selected Online Articles & Documents:
Johnson, Doug (2009). Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times. . . . part-1.html

Eisenberg, Michael B. and Johnson, Doug (1996). Computer Skills for Information Problem-Solving: Learning and Teaching Technology in Context. Article originally published by the ERIC Digest. ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology Syracuse NY.

Johnson, Doug (Mar. 2002). Why Do We Need Libraries When We Have the Internet? Knowledge Quest (AASL); 2(1).

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