CLA Digital Literacy Presentation

Genesis Hansen (Web Services and Reference Coordinator at the Newport Beach Library)  and I will be presenting a little bit of Little eLit at the California Library Association’s annual conference in San Jose this November. We had initially proposed a program based on some of the work we’ve done in our respective libraries and with our own kids, but another librarian, Paige Bentley-Flannery, submitted a similar proposal.  Paige is the Children’s/Community Librarian at the Deschutes Public Library in Oregon and the chair of the Children’s Digital Content Task Force for ALSC. We’ll be attending her Meet Art! poster session at ALA next weekend and hatching some plans. Paige will be concentrating her efforts on kids aged 5-11, while Genesis and I will stick with 2-5 year olds.

Below is the proposal we originally submitted, but it’ll change now that we have a new friend to play with.

Early Literacy in the Digital Age: Apps, eBooks and iPads, oh my!

We take some of the basic precepts of librarianship: stewardship and dissemination of knowledge, collection development and creative innovation, and apply them to electronic literature and media for children aged 2-5.

Children’s services have traditionally included storytelling and reader’s advisory services.  Children’s librarians are experts in evaluating and selecting good quality media, and as libraries adopt emerging technologies, those same skills apply.  There are thousands of eBooks and Apps for kids.  How can libraries help parents provide their children with high quality digital media? How can we use our storytelling and collection development skills and apply them to the digital world?  

  • How to develop a circulating Early Literacy Tablet program at your library;
  • Collection development and programming for early literacy in the digital age;
  • Tips on finding and evaluating apps and eBooks for young children.

At the end of our program, participants will know how to:

  • explain what digital literacy is and why it’s important;
  • evaluate apps and eBooks for young children;
  • plan digital media programs for young children.

Paige’s proposal looked like this:

Digital Interaction: Read, Draw, Listen, and Play with Children’s Book Apps and eBooks.

My program will introduce ways to bring the digital world into libraries with engaging programs and creative ideas.

Program Description: Discover ways to incorporate book apps with children’s books and share your ideas with librarians, teachers and patrons. Create your own eBook lists and start a digital book club. Paige will also show you her favorite websites, blogs and book apps.

  • Create digital programs in and out of the library.
  • Explore children’s book apps and ways to introduce them to teachers, librarians and patrons.
  • Discover ways to incorporate children’s books with book apps.
  • Explore digital blogs, websites and more apps
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Posted on June 19, 2012, in conferences, Libraries and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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