Towards Digital Literacy

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Depending on the type of library in which you work, you may assume that someone is "digitally literate." Yet what do we mean by those words and how do we know if the person meets our definition? What can we do in our libraries to increase the information and digital literacy of our

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  • Session description:Depending on the type of library in which you work, you may assume that someone is "digitally literate." Yet what do we mean by those words and how do we know if the person meets our definition? What can we do in our libraries to increase the information and digital literacy of our users/patrons/members/owners? How does that impact the tools that we acquire and the services that we provide? Who should we be partnering with in these efforts? These and other questions will be address in this session, which will also include time for brainstorming.
  • Towards Digital Literacy

    1. 1. Towards Digital Literacy Jill Hurst-Wahl @jill_hw August 2012
    2. 2. QUICK POLLWhat type of computing device do you use for pleasure?SmartphoneTablet computer/iPadeReaderLaptop computerDesktop computer
    3. 3. WHO AM I?Syracuse Univ. School of Information Studies Associate Professor of Practice Director, Library & Information Science ProgramConsultant, Speaker, AuthorA baby boomer who frequently acts like a millennial.
    4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpimagery/4564521012/
    5. 5. “Literacy represents a person’sability to read, write, and solveproblems using both spoken and WHAT IS DIGITAL LITERACY?written language. Digital literacy isthe ability to apply those sameskills using technology such asdesktop computers, ebook readersand smartphones.” Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers diglitNY.org
    6. 6. WHAT DOES PARTICIPATING IN THIS WEBINAR SAY ABOUT YOU?You are able to use a computer & the Internet.You know how to access a webinar.You have access to good technology.You are comfortable with technology.Trying new technology doesn’t scare you.You believe in continuous learning.You are willing to engage in online learning.You are different than others in your community.
    7. 7. YOUR COMMUNITY… Generation Z through Silent (WWII) and the Lost (WWI) generations. A percentage do not have Internet access at home. In 2010, the US ranked 15th out of the top 31 countries in terms of broadband penetration. [a] Some have Internet access on their mobile device. In 2010, 59% of adults use the Internet from a mobile device. [b] Must be able to afford a data plan. Smartphone vs. feature phone.
    8. 8. YOUR COMMUNITY… “One in five American adults does not use the internet.” [c] “The 27% of adults living with disability in the U.S. today are significantly less likely than adults without a disability to go online (54% vs. 81%).” [c] “88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.” [c]
    9. 9. BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT
    10. 10. DIGITAL LITERACY’S IMPACTON OUR SERVICES?
    11. 11. HOW DO WE INCREASE INFO & DIGITAL LITERACY?Create an atmosphere of acceptance.Train every staff member to be teacher.See every interaction as a teaching opportunity.Create workshops and one-on-one instruction. In the library and at other locations Take the instruction to them
    12. 12. HOW DO WE INCREASE INFO & DIGITAL LITERACY?Create jargon-less library materials. “More than 50% of students entering two-year colleges & nearly 20% of those entering four- year universities are placed in remedial classes.” [d]Change your attitude. Understand that literacy is like photosynthesis. It is the key to our long-term survival.
    13. 13. WHO CAN WE PARTNER WITH? The usual suspects  Others K-12 schools Bookstores Colleges and Media publishers universities (e.g., recording Social service studios) agencies Artists Service organizations Trade unions Religious organizations Use your imagination! Media organizations (e.g., newspapers)
    14. 14. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? QUESTIONS?

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