Pam starts with welcome & introduction & explanationof topic. Interest in spreading media literacy needs to include librarians in K-12 schools, academia, and community libraries. Give audience permission to fully participate and offer ideas/ opinions.
PAM: Presenter intro. Worked for many years as a prevention specialist in K-12 schools. Led to interest in ML. Took MLS course with RH. Started doing teacher training & taking grad courses in ML soon afterwards, wrote a federal grant to do ML work with teachers/Ss/Ps in PVD public schools at elementary level for 3 years. Trained many teachers, but difficulty getting educators to participate fully in hands-on work with students and week-long summer training. Recruited resource staff like librarians, health and art teachers.
Let’s start by making sure we’re on the same page when it comes to a definition of media literacy. For us, it means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using various forms of communication.
PAM: How many of you have heard someone in your field say any of these things? How many of you have ever said them yourself? Let’s start by acknowledging the bias toward most librarians first loves: books, and that introduction of digital collections have not always been welcome. If that’s true for even a segment of libraries, what has the impact been on digital connections? The good news: Many libraries & librarians have embraced their digital collections in myriad ways, increasing their relevance in the digital age.
The 5 core library practices of film & media literacy we identify are VIEWING, CREATING, COLLECTING, CONNECTING & LEARNING. In our session today we’ll focus on: Viewing, Connecting & Creating
Ask participants who has done film screenings in their library. Some questions to consider with this practice are: (Read bullet points)
Ask: What elements have made for successful screening events at your library? Have you used the film/video to talk more about a time in history, a famous person’s biography, or an issue of relevance to your audience? Have you introduced media literacy practices prior to the screening? Model giving film background/context & distribute MEL smartphone cards before showing the clip of The King’s Speech.
Review questions above or MEL smartphone questions. (Participants can be separated into groups for each question if 15 or more)
Review bullet points then explore smartphone and PCFF Film Hub. Ask how using these tools with even short digital media clips that students can relate to might enhance their use of media?
Conclusion for this section
Some questions we attempt to answer in Chapter 6 on Connecting. Mention: Rochambeau Library - Youth media night story starts off chapter; Outreach librarianship: StoryCorps’ The Bookmobile; Philanthropic partnerships & Library-as-Place: RISCA & PVD funding to upgrade media capabilities & auditorium - Getting a tour of the PPL changes (The Public film); IMLS funding - Media Smart Libraries in RI and Sundance FF’s Film Forward
41 Libraries across southern New England were trained via the MSL initiative designed to advance the digital and media literacy competencies of children, teens, and families in our communities.
In their blog about Hispanic Heritage Month in September, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina, with 22 branches, mentioned their planned events and suggested related reading and films, including Food for the Ancestors, directed by Jan Thompson in 1999 and part of the PBS Video Collection.
Some libraries screen films, some partner with local film festivals to screen films or host filmmaking workshops (PCFF). A few others have created their own film festivals. Show Princeton Environmental Film Festival trailer. PEFF is in it’s 13th year
When the community room at the library grew too small to accommodate audiences for some films, the library partnered with local cinemas to screen some films there. In 2012, they library reported 70,000 in attendance for programs, a 25% increase over 2011. The screening of Antarctic Edge 70° South, the 2015 documentary by Dena Seidel, packed both the library and the Princeton Garden Theatre.
COLLECTING - MAIN POINT
TOUCH ON CREATING When a makerspace is positioned as a form of workforce development to help people get job-related skills, energy companies have provided funding as part of their commitment to STEM education. Lynda.com use in academia Documentary production can be a powerful alternative to traditional research papers in order to engage students with a broad range of learning styles in the research process.
Brien Jennings, Librarian at NES, brings his video production expertise into the library to create videos for multiple uses within the school. Two examples here - a news report on a kindness initiative and a dramatic video about bullying. Brien’s books:
Available on Amazon
CREATING - MAIN POINT: Authorship is a fundamental impulse rooted in the value of telling your own story. When people engage in practices of creating media, they deepen their understanding of the constructed nature of all forms of media and shift their identity in certain important ways.
PICK ONE of the stax clips
CONNECTING - MAIN POINT – using media for new connection with students/patrons
When Dr. Hobbs put together a course for film education in libraries, she found there was not a lot of literature available on the subject. We were students in these courses who love & have enjoyed working with libraries and had backgrounds in film & digital media. Together we set off research what libraries were already doing and identify some best practices.
Media Literacy in the Library
Media Literacy in the Library
● My personal media literacy journey
● Why Media Literacy in libraries?
● Viewing: The Power of Viewing &
● Connecting: Outreach Librarianship
● Creating: The Power of Authorship
● About The Library Screen Scene
Media literacy is the
ability to ACCESS,
CREATE, and ACT
using all forms of
● How are film screenings tailored to community
● What is the value of partnerships between libraries
and public broadcasting? Education?
● Why are filmmaker-author visits important for
● What does it take to build a robust film program
in a public library?
● Select a film, clip,
● Set the stage
● Talk about it
● Get creative
● Make connections
● How do film viewing and discussion
events align with community needs?
● How can film and media education
promote cultural understanding?
● How does film media education connect
across the generations?
● How can film and media education
reduce polarization and mistrust?
● Who are your community partners?
Create to Learn
● When a makerspace is positioned as a form of
workforce development to help people get
job-related skills, energy companies have provided
funding to libraries as part of their commitment to
● Documentary production can be a powerful
alternative to traditional research papers in order to
engage students with a broad range of learning styles
in the research process.
● LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) use in academia
supports new learners in media production and
Oxford University Press, 2019
THE LIBRARY SCREEN SCENE
Examines film and media
activities occurring in more than
170 libraries throughout the
Identifies best practices of film
and media education programs,
library services, and media