Creative Digital Literacy in Public Libraries by Sylvia Cecilia M. Aguiñaga
Many thanks to Sylvia Cecilia M. Aguiñaga for sharing her paper, Creative Digital Literacy in Public Libraries, which was part of her graduate work at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.
“Literacy has always been a core tenet of a successful society” (Leatham, Rich,& Wright, 2007, p. 5). The notion of literacy as a “core tenet” of society remains true. What has transformed is the very definition of literacy along with the society it benefits. This paper explores literacy and its adaptation to the digital age. Given that we have accepted the need to define and promote digital literacy, developing creative digital literacy—coding, media production, computational thinking—is a crucial step forward. Studies on Scratch, a coding language for children, and other practical applications of computational thinking, act as a platform for discussing creative digital literacy skills and theory. This paper emphasizes the need for public librarians to effectively cultivate 21st century learners by implementing a new creative digital literacy framework.