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New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy

New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

January 24th, the American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force, led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” a report highlighting support for digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries.

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Digital literacy in school and academic libraries!

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Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Churches

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"Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school."

 

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"...how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?

1. Clarity and rationale—Whether we are giving the students guidelines (my personal preference) or sets of rules, there must be clarity and a transparent rationale behind the statements we make."

2. Understanding and Purpose—This is the communication aspect with the students and the community. You have to develop and instill in the students an understanding of WHY we are making these recommendations and setting these expectations.

3. Monitoring and consequences—As critical as rationale and purpose, monitoring and consequences should be transparent, timely, and appropriate.

4. Individual and community involvement—In developing and implementing our digital citizenship guidelines and processes we sought, valued, and used feedback from staff, students, and the community."
 

 

 


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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

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"Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy (RT @dmlcentral: New project looks at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy)"

 

"The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment."

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Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community

Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Gia Arbogast, branch administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System describes in a video how YOUMedia Miami will engage teens in building digital literacy skills

 

Libraries have a fundamental role in how attached people are to where they live, Knight’s Paula Ellis, vp/strategic initiatives, told a gathering of library and civic leaders last week.

 

That’s particularly important because how residents feel about their community may lead to greater economic vitality, the Knight-funded Soul of the Community study found."

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Developing Digital Citizens by Dr. Alec Couros

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 “Digital citizenship isn’t just about   recognizing and dealing with onlinehazards. It’s about building safe spaces &   communities, understanding how tomanage personal information, and about being Internet savvy - using your online presence to grow & shape your world in asafe, creative way, and inspiring others to         do the same.” (Digizen)  


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The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project

The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Guest blogger Emily Fear to showcase a new digital literacy initiative at CLP called The Labs. For this installment, we examine the nuts and bolts of launching a digital makerspace in a large library system by taking a look at policies and equipment.

"The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.

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The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use."

"Corey Wittig, Digital Services Librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, took the number of Lab spaces and the program’s budget into account and had to limit purchases to what is absolutely necessary for each site, prompting the current emphasis on ordering items that have the most potential for use. Quality and affordability have been important in choosing key Labs software and equipment– iMacs, MacBook laptops, basic audio and video recording devices and cables–but accessibility is also a top concern. Most teens should be able to come into a Labs site and use the resources with relative ease. Digital media recording and editing software like Apple’s iMovie and GarageBand, however basic, are perfect for beginners, yet still handy for more advanced creators. As Wittig says, “You don’t necessarily need top of the line equipment or software,” because what most Pittsburgh teens need are the tools to get started."

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School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift

School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians fostering information literacy: assessing content/"crap detection" http://t.co/iv8QzcxQ...

 

The crisis of information literacy, a familiar issue within the library community, is getting some wider attention.

In this month’s Wired, Clive Thompson cites a recent study that reveals the paucity of search skills among so-called digital natives at both high school and college levels. Importantly he gets to the vital role school librarians play in fostering information literacy, including the critical approach to content, dubbed “crap detection” by Howard Rheingold."


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Digital Literacy & Public Libraries | Public Libraries and the Internet

Digital Literacy & Public Libraries | Public Libraries and the Internet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @librarianbyday: Digital Literacy & Public Libraries http://t.co/m2lchMwt..."

 

"With 99% of public libraries offering public Internet access, public libraries provide a vital community link to the Internet, technology, and information. Public libraries are essential providers of employment, educational services and resources, and e-government.

• 93.5% of public libraries report offering classes on general Internet use
• 92.9% of public libraries report offering classes in general computer skills
• 78.8% of public libraries report offering point-of-use technology training
• 57.7% of public libraries report that technology training is important in their communities"

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