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Digital Literacy and Libraries: What's Coming Next


Renee Hobbs addresses the Connecticut Library Association on April 29, 2014.

Renee Hobbs addresses the Connecticut Library Association on April 29, 2014.

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  • EU Survey of risks N = 25,000 kids from 13 countriesThe survey asked about a range of risks, asdetailed in what follows. Looking across allthese risks, 41% of European 9-16 year oldshave encountered one or more of theserisks. Risks increase with age: 14% of 9-10 yearolds have encountered one or more of the risksasked about, rising to 33% of 11-12 year olds,49% of 13-14 year olds and 63% of 15-16 yearolds.


  • 1. Digital Literacy & Libraries: What’s Coming Next Renee Hobbs Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island Connecticut Library Association April 29, 2014
  • 2. PEER-TO-PEER FILE SHARING Reflect on contemporary life with media and technology to examine how literacy is changing Identify key competencies of digital literacy and examine specific examples in practice Consider seven strategies for integrating digital literacy programs and services into your library Goals for Today’s Session
  • 3. ROGER HOBBS Author of Ghostman New York Times Bestselling Author RACHEL HOBBS Grassroots Campaigns Fundraiser
  • 4. Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island
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  • 8. Rhetoric Print Literacy Visual Literacy Information Literacy Media Literacy Computer Literacy Critical Literacy News Literacy Digital Literacy Literacy in Historical Context
  • 9. LOVE HATE PRINT VISUAL SOUND DIGITAL Librarians’ attitudes about media, technology and popular culture shape their work with the community
  • 10. Protection
  • 11. Empowerment
  • 12. Digital Literacy Embraces Protection & Empowerment
  • 13. Expanding the Concept of Text
  • 14. Digital Literacy & Libraries: Designing What’s Coming Next Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills. -ALA Digital Literacy Task Force
  • 15. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
  • 16. A Lifelong Process
  • 17. A Lifelong Process
  • 18. A Lifelong Process
  • 19. Digital Literacy Competencies Access, Use and Share  Keyboard and mouse skills  Be familiar with hardware, storage and file management practices  Understand hyperlinking & digital space  Gain competence with software applications  Use social media, mobile, peripheral & cloud computing tools  Identify information needs  Use effective search and find strategies  Troubleshoot and problem-solve  Learn how to learn  Listening skills  Reading comprehension
  • 20. Access: Read & Comprehend
  • 21. Very young children access ideas and explore an expanded conceptualization of authorship in relation to print, visual, sound and digital media
  • 22. Access: Engage with an Author
  • 23. Access: Engage with an Author
  • 24. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Analyze & Evaluate  Understand how symbols work: the concept of representation  Identify the author, genre, purpose and point of view of a message  Compare and contrast sources  Evaluate credibility and quality  Understand one’s own biases and world view  Recognize power relationships that shape how information and ideas circulate in culture  Understand the economic context of information and entertainment production  Examine the political and social ramifications of inequalities in information flows
  • 25. Analyze Primary Source Materials LINK
  • 26. Digital Literacy Competencies Create & Collaborate  Recognize the need for communication and self-expression  Identify your own purpose, target audience, medium & genre  Brainstorm and generate ideas  Compose creatively  Play and interact  Edit and revise  Use appropriate distribution, promotion & marketing channels  Receive audience feedback  Work collaboratively  Comment, curate and remix
  • 27. Create: Digital Library Lab
  • 28. Digital Literacy Competencies Reflect  Understand how differences in values and life experience shape people’s media use and message interpretation  Appreciate risks and potential harms of digital media  Apply ethical judgment and social responsibility to communication situations  Understand how concepts of ‘private’ and ‘public’ are reshaped by digital media  Appreciate and respect legal rights and responsibilities (copyright, intellectual freedom, etc)
  • 29. Reflect: Reading & Community Connections
  • 30. Digital Literacy Competencies Take Action  Acknowledge the power of communication to maintain the status quo or change the world  Participate in communities of shared interest to advance an issue  Be a change agent in the family & workplace  Participate in democratic self- governance  Speak up when you encounter injustice  Respect the law and work to change unjust laws  Use the power of communication and information to make a difference in the world
  • 31. Act: Create a Public Service Announcement
  • 32. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
  • 33. What strategies help public libraries advance digital literacy?
  • 34. #1 Manage the Momentum
  • 35. #2 Identify Community Needs
  • 36. #3 Find Good Partners
  • 37. #4 Decide What Matters
  • 38. #5 Measure Impact
  • 39. #6 Tell Your Story
  • 40. #7 Give it Time to Grow
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  • 43. URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Prepares Outward-Facing Library Professionals Foundations: Graduates will understand the changing nature of knowledge and will know how to research, organize, and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary resources to meet the information needs of diverse users. Lifelong Learning: Graduates will understand how to assess and meet the needs of users and develop community partnerships in order to empower lifelong learners. Digital Media: Graduates will understand how changing media and technologies reshape information and society, applying digital competencies and critical thinking skills in order to contribute to innovation. Leadership and Ethics: Graduates will understand ethical principles of global citizenship and will demonstrate leadership skills towards creating equitable access to and use of information.
  • 44. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy June 13 – 18, 2014 Providence RI
  • 45. Media Smart Libraries Children/Youth Librarians & Children’s Media Professionals
  • 46. Renee Hobbs Professor and Founding Director Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island Email: Twitter: reneehobbs Web: