My name is Jane Lofton. I am a Southern California native, but have studied and lived in Northern California; Toronto, Canada; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Plano, Texas. My husband and I now live in San Pedro. Our daughter Elaine is a recent UCLA graduate who works for a non-profit low income housing company. We also have a dog named Arlo.
I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English. After that I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Language Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I then earned an M.A. in English and an M.L.S. in Library Science at the University of Toronto. I am credentialed in English/Language Arts and in Teacher Librarian Services. I began my career as a librarian in a reference library, then worked for a number of years as a technical writer in the software industry. Before coming to Mira Costa, I served as the teacher librarian at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, CA, and loved sharing my passion for reading, information literacy, and technology with students, parents, and other teachers. During the 2009-2010 school year, I taught 7th grade English/Language Arts and a 6th grade Computer Exploratory elective at Lindero. I joined the Mira Costa staff as Teacher Librarian in August 2010.
I am passionate about school libraries, their ability to change lives, and the role that strong school libraries play in student achievement and in allowing students to pursue their own passions. I love reading, research, technology – especially cloud-based tools, and working with students, teachers, and parents. I am also an active member of California School Library Association (CSLA). I have served as State President, Southern Section President, and as Annual Conference Chair, and I was the recipient of CSLA’s Good Ideas! Award in 2007 and 2015 and the Technology Award in 2009. I am a member of the American Library Association and of its Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Division and its American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Division; and of Computer Using Educators (CUE). I am currently serving on AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee and CSLA’s Annual Conference Committee.
I am a frequent presenter at CSLA, CUE, and other conferences.
I am very honored to serve as Mira Costa’s Teacher Librarian, and to work with the entire student and staff population encouraging reading, collaborating with teachers, and teaching research, information literacy, digital citizenship, and technology skills. Contact me by coming by the library, by email, or phone at 310-318-7337 x5048.