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  • Association of Connecticut Library Boards

    1. 1. Digital Literacy & Libraries: What’s Coming Next Renee Hobbs Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island Association of Connecticut Library Boards October 25, 2013
    2. 2. ROGER HOBBS Author of Ghostman New York Times Bestselling Author RACHEL HOBBS Grassroots Campaigns Fundraiser
    3. 3. Book and Website Launch, August 2013
    4. 4.
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    6. 6. Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island
    7. 7. LOVE HATE PRINT VISUAL SOUND DIGITAL Librarians’ attitudes about media, technology and popular culture shape their work with the community
    8. 8. Protection
    9. 9. Empowerment
    10. 10. Digital Literacy Embraces Protection & Empowerment
    11. 11. Expanding the Concept of Text
    13. 13. Rhetoric Visual Literacy Information Literacy Media Literacy Computer Literacy Critical Literacy News Literacy Digital Literacy Digital Literacy in Historical Context
    14. 14. A Lifelong Process
    15. 15. A Lifelong Process
    16. 16. A Lifelong Process
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
    19. 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. 20. Very young children explore an expanded conceptualization of authorship in relation to print, visual, sound and digital media LINK LINK
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. Analyze Primary Source Materials LINK
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. Digital Library Lab in Maine
    25. 25. 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)
    26. 26. Compose a Video Book Review LINK
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. LINK
    29. 29. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
    30. 30. What strategies help public libraries advance digital literacy?
    31. 31. #1 Manage the Momentum
    32. 32. #2 Identify Community Needs
    33. 33. #3 Find Good Partners
    34. 34. #4 Decide What Matters
    35. 35. #5 Measure Impact
    36. 36. #6 Tell Your Story
    37. 37. #7 Give it Time to Grow
    38. 38. Preparing Outward-Facing Information & 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.
    39. 39. New Core Courses • Document, Assess & Evaluate • Search & Inquiry: Users and Their Needs • Lead, Connect & Manage • Organize, Retrieve & Access • Apply and Reflect
    40. 40. New Tracks Library Leadership Digital Media Lifelong Learning
    41. 41. Media Smart Libraries Children’s Librarians & Children’s Media Professionals
    42. 42. Renee Hobbs Professor and Founding Director Harrington School of Communication and Media Interim Chair, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies University of Rhode Island Email: Twitter: reneehobbs Web: