Digital Literacy and Libraries: What's Coming Next


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Renee Hobbs explores the future of libraries through the lens of digital literacy in this talk to the Massachusetts Commonwealth Consortium of Libraries in Public Higher Education Institutions.

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    I am a social media professional and it is wonderful to see how you are working on educating the public. Otherwise, the divide between the poor and the rich is going to widen even more.


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Digital Literacy and Libraries: What's Coming Next

  1. 1. Digital Literacy& Libraries:What’s Coming NextRenee HobbsMassachusetts Commonwealth Consortium of Libraries in Public Higher EducationInstitutions (MCCLPHEI)June 13, 2013
  3. 3. New Tools & New Texts
  4. 4. Digital Literacy & Libraries: Designing What’sComing NextDigital literacy is the ability to use informationand communication technologies to find,evaluate, create, and communicateinformation requiring both cognitive andtechnical skills.-ALA Digital Literacy Task ForceExpanding the Concept of Literacy
  5. 5. RhetoricPrint LiteracyVisual LiteracyInformation LiteracyMedia LiteracyComputer LiteracyCritical LiteracyNews LiteracyDigital LiteracyHistorical Context
  6. 6. Literacy is the sharing of meaningthrough symbolic form
  7. 7. A Lifelong Process
  8. 8. A Lifelong Process
  9. 9. A Lifelong Process….with cognitive, social & emotional dimensions unique to each individual
  10. 10. Access,Use & ShareCreate &CollaborateAnalyze &EvaluatePractice SocialResponsibilityExpanding the Concept of Literacy
  11. 11. Digital LiteracyAccess, Use and Share Keyboard and mouse skills Be familiar with hardware, storage and filemanagement practices Understand hyperlinking & digital space Gain competence with software applications Use social media, mobile, peripheral & cloudcomputing tools Have access to broadband Identify information needs Use effective search and find strategies Troubleshoot and problem-solve Learn how to learn Listening skills Reading comprehension
  12. 12. Digital LiteracyCreate & Collaborate Recognize the need for communication andself-expression Identify your own purpose, targetaudience, medium & genre Brainstorm and generate ideas Compose creatively Work collaboratively Edit and revise Use appropriate distribution, promotion &marketing channels Receive audience feedback Play and interact Comment Curate Remix
  13. 13. Digital LiteracyAnalyze & Evaluate Recognize the relationship between symboland referent Identify the author, genre, purpose andpoint of view of a message Compare and contrast sources Evaluate credibility and quality Understand one’s own biasesand world view Recognize power relationships that shapehow information and ideas circulate inculture Understand the economic context ofinformation and entertainment production Examine the political and socialramifications of inequalities in informationflows
  14. 14. Digital LiteracyPractice Social Responsibility Acknowledge the power of communicationto maintain the status quo or change theworld Understand how differences in values andlife experience shape people’s media useand message interpretation Appreciate risks and potential harms ofdigital media Apply ethical judgment andsocial responsibility to onlinecommunication situations Understand how concepts of ‘private’ and‘public’ are reshaped by digital media Appreciate and respect legal rights andresponsibilities (copyright, intellectualfreedom, etc)
  15. 15. Access,Use & ShareCreate &CollaborateAnalyze &EvaluatePractice SocialResponsibilityExpanding the Concept of Literacy
  16. 16. What strategies help higher education facultyadvance digital literacy?
  17. 17. Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity
  18. 18. Learning by Doing
  19. 19. Nurturing a Sense of Authority
  20. 20. Academic Library Innovationsin Digital LiteracyWeigle Information CommonsPenn Libraries• Hoesley Digital Literacy FellowsProgram• Gadget Day• Selzer Family Digital Media Awards• Annual Mashup Contest
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  22. 22. What strategies help academic library leadersadvance digital literacy?
  23. 23. #1Manage the Momentum
  24. 24. #2Identify Community Needs
  25. 25. #3Find Good Partners
  26. 26. #4Decide What Matters
  27. 27. #5Measure Impact
  28. 28. #6Tell Your Story
  29. 29. #7Give it Time to Grow
  30. 30. Access, Use &ShareCreate &CollaborateAnalyze &EvaluatePractice SocialResponsibility
  31. 31. Use & Share Create &CollaborateAnalyze &EvaluateApply EthicalJudgmentTAKE ACTION
  32. 32. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Section 1201
  33. 33. Communities of Practice AssertTheir Fair Use Rights* * * * October 2012 * * * *Library of Congress grantscollege and K-12 educatorsthe right to “rip” copy-protected audiovisual mediafor teaching and learning
  34. 34. www.PowerfulVoicesforKids.comUniversity-school partnershipprogram builds digital and medialiteracy competencies
  36. 36. A New Generation of Outward-FacingInformation & Library ProfessionalsFoundations: Graduates will understand the changing nature of knowledge and willknow how to research, organize, and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary resourcesto meet the information needs of diverse users.Lifelong Learning: Graduates will understand how to assess and meet the needs ofusers and develop community partnerships in order to empower lifelong learners.Digital Media: Graduates will understand how changing media and technologiesreshape information and society, applying digital competencies and critical thinkingskills in order to contribute to innovation.Leadership and Ethics: Graduates will understand ethical principles of global citizenshipand will demonstrate leadership skills towards creating equitable access to and use ofinformation.
  37. 37. New Core Courses for the Graduate Programin Library & Information Studies• Document, Assess & Evaluate• Search & Inquiry: Users and Their Needs• Lead, Connect & Manage• Organize, Retrieve & Access• Apply and Reflect
  38. 38. New TracksLibraryLeadershipDigitalMediaLifelongLearning
  39. 39. Renee HobbsHarrington School of Communication and MediaUniversity of Rhode IslandEmail: hobbs@uri.eduTwitter: reneehobbsWeb: