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21st Century Information Fluency
21st Century Information Fluency
Learning to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
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Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please

Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Fran Bullington - As an educator, I realize the importance of information and digital literacy. As a school librarian, I have been trained to teach information literacy skills. I collaborate with classroom teachers to teach lessons in which I incorporate these skills.However, the recession has had an enormous impact on school libraries. Many programs have been completely cut; others are being run by volunteers rather than a certified school librarian; and other programs have lost their assistants, whose job of handling routine procedures freed the school librarian to plan with teachers.

 

I noticed that the FCC is considering “a proposal to spend $200 million to create a digital literacy corps. This group of hundreds, even thousands, of trainers would fan out to schools and libraries to teach productive uses of computers for parents, students and job seekers.”

 

Although I applaud the intent of teaching digital literacy skills to our students, I question the expenditure of these funds. Why not instead funnel these funds into school library programs to allow trained, certified professionals to teach the skills?

I look forward to hearing from you on this vital issue.


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Interview: Joyce Valenza, Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award

Interview: Joyce Valenza, Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Superstar teacher librarian Joyce Valenza is this year's winner of the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award for her tremendous contribution to the world of ed tech.


There were 40 nominees for the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award, and a librarian won. What does that say about how others view the profession?


It's about time—not for me—but for the school library profession. I think it says two things. One, that our teacher librarian colleagues have a real voice in the ed tech field—one that's loud enough to be heard outside the libraryverse. It says that we are connecting, not only with partners in our buildings, but with partners in the other communities of practice—classroom teachers across disciplines and grade levels, administrators, academics, librarians in other library situations, across geography. We now mingle effectively face-to-face and online. Our ideas cross-pollinate. We are a force at ISTE [International Society for Technology in Education conference] and BLC [Building Learning Communities conference] and at edcamps and at unconferences, at webinars, and on Twitter and through our blogs. Two, within our own profession, we are now an effective tribe. We have leadership. We have forums. We share with each other, we mentor each other. We can mobilize for action quickly. To be completely honest, I know I had some very kind teacher librarian colleagues advocating for me on Twitter and on their blogs.

 


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