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The public library of Vlissingen’s mission is to develop people’s skills and knowledge to become fluent with information and media in order to participate actively in the knowledge society.
To realize this ambition, the library has developed a ‘media literacy framework’.

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Workshop cil2010

  1. 1. Public Libraries & Media Literacy<br />Web 2.0 Services and Strategies for Making Children & Other Citizens Information- and Media-Literate <br />CIL 2010 - Karolien Selhorst<br />
  2. 2. Program workshop<br />Introduction <br />The media literacyframework of the Public Library of Vlissingen<br />How to develop a media literacyframework for yourcommunity? <br />Tips <br />Evaluation <br />Questions <br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />
  4. 4. The media literacyframework in Vlissingen<br />Public libraries and media literacy<br />
  5. 5. Why media literacy? <br />With an ever-increasing number of new digital media available in the 2.0 world, the enormous amount of information has become overwhelming for many people.<br />At the same time, information has become an essential condition for citizens to be able to actively participate in society.<br />‘Digital natives’ grow up in a world of new media => they learn and live differently.<br />
  6. 6. The Public Library of Vlissingen<br />Vlissingen is situated in the heart of Zeeland (The Netherlands).<br />Vlissingen is an important port and a popular haven for tourists with 44 500 inhabitants.<br />The library has 14 500 customers (30% of the population). <br />45 people work at the library.<br />Apart from the main building, the library provides services for the nearby situated village, the local hospital and several schools. <br />
  7. 7. Library Mission<br />“To develop people’s information and media literacy skills in order to participate actively in the knowledge society.”<br />Strong focus on:<br />‘Media wisdom’ and reading promotion for varioustarget groups <br />Informationfunction = providingtailor-madeinformation to customers<br />
  8. 8. Media wisdom = media literacy?<br />The need to help children and other citizens to become information and media literate in the knowledge society is acknowledged by Dutch government and public libraries in the Netherlands. A number of policies and practices have been developed. <br />New media literacy skills = ICT skills, information literacy skills and safe usage of media.<br />Media wisdom = Dutch term<br />
  9. 9. Opportunities for libraries<br />Support citizens in developing information skills and, more broadly, media wisdom.<br />The fact that users increasingly play a central role in the distribution and organisation of content means the traditional guiding function of libraries is being pushed more to the background. Librarians can still use their expertise to help users become self-reliant in dealing with information and media. For many users, the sheer amount of information available makes it impossible to see the wood for the trees. For adult users, in particular, who can no longer be reached via mainstream education, there is a socially important task for libraries here.(< The future of the Dutch public library: ten years on, p.190)<br />
  10. 10. Opportunities for libraries<br />Although the role of the library as a gateway to knowledge and information is under pressure due to external competition, the traditional expertise of the library in searching for reliable sources still offers an opportunity in this era of excessive information. The library can help people find their way through this access, and boost their ‘media wisdom’.<br />A ‘new’ form of library service is to support citizens in the development of ‘media wisdom’. Libraries have a tradition of helping in the instruction of information skills, but media wisdom is a broader concept than this, incorporating the knowledge, skills and mentality to deal with all content, not just informative content (cf. Raad voor Cultuur 2005; Verheijen & Van Driel 2007). (< The future of the Dutch public library: ten years on)<br />
  11. 11. Schoollibraries in primaryschools<br /><ul><li>The librarywants to bewherechildren are.
  12. 12. Goal: one library in everyprimaryschool in Vlissingen.
  13. 13. Wealreadyreach 600 children.
  14. 14. Focus on:
  15. 15. Stimulatinglanguageskills (vocabulary – reading comprehensionskills) and informationliteracyskills
  16. 16. Reading promotion (stimulating the joy of reading)</li></li></ul><li>Schoollibraries in primaryschools: evaluation<br /><ul><li>In general: high grade of satisfactionamongteachers, children and parents.
  17. 17. Childrenget more joy out of reading.
  18. 18. Loans: 250 to 527% more loansthan in the centrallibrary and branches.</li></li></ul><li>Schoollibraries in secondaryschools<br />One school library at Scheldemond College <br />Wereach 1200 students.<br />Media coaches support students by means of media classes.<br />Media classes: learnhow to find and evaluateinformation, safetyon the net, digital identity, media and society etc..<br />Future: more and betterintegration of media literacy in the school curriculum and closercollaborationwithteachers.<br />
  19. 19. Coaching and supportingteachers<br />‘11 Thingsforprimary school teachers’<br />< 23 Things by Helene Blowers<br />Pilot project with 10 teachers<br />Goal: important groups in society (liketeachers) need to beaware of the pros and cons of newinteractive tools – web2.0 - on the internet. <br />11 ‘Things’: blogs, RSS, Flickr, digital blackboards, socialnetworks, wiki’s, Delicious, YouTube, chat.<br />FromApril on: 23 Things<br />
  20. 20. Coaching and supportingteachers<br />‘11 Things’ pilot project<br />Coaching by library media coaches: face to face and virtual. <br />Results: 50% passed the coursesuccessfully.<br />Barrierswere: time, relevancy, independent learning, insufficientknowledge of web1.0.<br />
  21. 21. ‘11 Things’ forprimary school teachers<br />
  22. 22. Coaching and supportingteachers<br />Guestlecturesabout relevant media wisdom themes and subjects:<br />Collaboration (on the net)<br />Socialnetworks<br />Chat<br />The use of photos on the internet <br />Gaming<br />Virtual learningtools<br />Goal: to support teacherssothattheycaninformchildren.<br />
  23. 23. Informing parents – creatingawareness<br />Parents’ nightsfocusing on relevant media wisdomthemes:<br />Cyberpesting<br />The influence of media and advertising on children<br />Safebehaviour on the net<br />Internet addiction and violence on the net<br />Goal: to inform parents sothattheycan support and coach theirchildren.<br />Start: fall 2010<br />
  24. 24. Teaching and supportingchildren<br />The development of ‘Things’ for children<br />Will beintroduced in class + virtual coaching: ‘blendedlearning’ .<br />Goal: to makechildrenaware of new media and givethemtools to learn more efficiently.<br />Themesor ‘things’:<br />Collaboration on the net <br />Socialnetworks<br />Chat<br />The use of photos on the internet<br />Gaming<br />Virtual learningtools<br />
  25. 25. The libraryis the heart of the school<br />Threecertified mediacoaches work in ourlibrary.<br />They help and support childrentogetherwithotherlibraryworkers.<br />Childrencanapplyfor the function of libraryworker => involvesthemdirectly.<br />Close collaboration withteachers and schoolboard.<br />
  26. 26. Reaching out to other target groups…<br />Localcity council: ‘15 Things’ forlocal city councillors= makingthemaware of web2.0 opportunitiesforcitizeninteraction.<br />General audience: Web2.0 and ebooks workshops.<br />Information about the digital library and media wisdomthemes on ourlibrary blog. <br />Library workersin Vlissingen: 23 Things, workshops, knowledge lunches, communities of practice etc..<br />
  27. 27. Biebblog<br />
  28. 28. ‘15 Things’ for city councillors<br />
  29. 29. Project ‘Wiki loves Bieb’<br />Goal:to set up a close collaboration between Wikimedia and the sector of Dutch public libraries. <br /><ul><li>Pilot project in the Library of Vlissingen
  30. 30. Strong focus on media wisdom:
  31. 31. Gueslectureson the use of Wikipediaforstudents in secondary schools.
  32. 32. Workshops on the use of Wikipedia in educationforteachers.
  33. 33. Workshops onWikipediaforpeople in Vlissingen.</li></li></ul><li>Developyourownframework<br />Public libraries and media literacy<br />
  34. 34. Developyourown media literacyframework<br />Step 1: Start withyourlibrary mission/vision in mind.<br />Step 2: Get to know yourcommunity.<br />Step 3: Develop a media literacy vision. <br />Step 4: Develop a media literacy program.<br />Step 5: Test and evaluate. <br />Step 6: Prepare for implementation.<br />Step 7: Promoteyour program and createawareness.<br />
  35. 35. Step1: Start withyourlibrary mission<br />Whatisyourlibrary mission/vision?<br />What are yourstrategic goals?<br />Whatis the linkbetween the library mission and media literacy? <br />
  36. 36. Step2: Get to know yourcommunity<br />Whoisyourcommunity? <br />What are theirneeds? Do you know them? How do youmeetthem?<br />On what groups willyou focus? <br />
  37. 37. Step 3: Develop a media literacy vision<br />Develop a coherent media literacy vision. <br />Link itwithyourlibrary mission/vision.<br />Involveothers in the developmentprocess. <br />Promote and communicateit!<br />
  38. 38. Step 4: Develop a media literacy program <br />Be creative!<br />Seek inspiration withothers: social networks, etc..<br />Create alliances. <br />Involveenthousiasticcolleagues. <br />What are yourmeans?<br />
  39. 39. Step 5: Test and evaluate<br />Test your program/initiatives. <br />Evaluate: whatworks and whatdoesn’t? <br />Actuponevaluationresults. <br />Learn for the future.<br />
  40. 40. Step 6: Prepare for implementation<br />Draw up an action plan (who, when, what?)<br />Sellyourideas and createinternalawareness. <br />Get management support.<br />Implement. <br />
  41. 41. Step 7: Promote and createawareness<br />Buildstrategic alliances in your local community.<br />Visitschools/schoolboardsand addressthempersonally.<br />Be prepared: whoshouldyouaddress? What are the school’sneeds? Whatcommunity do they serve?<br />Createawareness. <br />Offertailor-made programs. <br />Be prepared for resistance. <br />
  42. 42. Tips <br />Public libraries and media literacy<br />
  43. 43. Tip 1: Be preparedforresistance<br />
  44. 44. Tip 2: Learnfromfailure<br />“Ifyou are notfailingnow and again, it’s a signthatyou’renotdoinganythingveryinnovative” (Woody Allen)<br />
  45. 45. Tip 3: Builduponsmallsuccesses<br />
  46. 46. Tip 3: Seek support & createalliances<br />
  47. 47. Tip 4: Media literacy is team work<br />
  48. 48. Tip 5: Focus<br />
  49. 49. references<br />Public libraries and media literacy<br />
  50. 50. References<br />Frank Huysmans, CarlienHillebrink The future of the Dutch public library: ten years on (2008): http://www.scp.nl/content.jsp?objectid=default:19315<br />Library of Vlissingen blog: http://biebblog.openia.com/<br />Library of Vlissingen website: http://www.vlissingen.nl/Bibliotheek-Vlissingen/Lenen-lezen.htm<br />
  51. 51. Questions?<br />Karolien Selhorst – Digital Library & Knowledge Manager Public Library of Vlissingen<br />karosel64@gmail.com<br />www.karolienselhorst.be<br />http://twitter.com/kselhorst <br />

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