An Ohio Digital Media Training Day
The children and families that libraries serve are increasingly using digital media to access learning materials. At the same time, many of the parents we serve lack the guidance and support they need to utilize digital media in ways that are effective and productive to their child's education. In March of 2015, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Board of Directors adopted the white paper Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth to address this issue. This report calls upon librarians who serve youth to act as Media Mentors, and provide parents with guidance to increase their digital literacy. In order to be effective Media Mentors, professional librarians need to acquire new technology strategies that have a positive impact on early learning.
Through our train-the-trainer teaching model, any librarian serving youth in Ohio will have the opportunity to learn these strategies and teach them to other librarians who serve youth. Six regional training sessions will be offered throughout the State of Ohio. Participating regional libraries should consider sending two librarians who serve youth to a training session. Keep in mind that these are train-the-trainer sessions. Whomever you send to a training session will be expected to return and train the staff of your library system. Through a train-the-trainer model, librarians serving youth throughout the state will have the ability to act as Media Mentors.
- Learn the difference between using media passively and actively.
- Increase understanding of how to use technology effectively during storytime.
- Increase confidence in ability to speak to families and co-workers about new media.
- Increase the number of trusted sources used for making technology and interactive media recommendations.
This project was made possible by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
9:00-9:30 Registration and Introductions
9:30-9:45 What is Digital Media Mentorship?
- 3 “C”s
- Screen Time
- Family Media Plans
- Interactive vs. Passive
- Joint Media Engagement
- Intentional Use
11:30-12:00 Every Child Ready to Read® 2
1:00-2:15 App Evaluation
Activity: Evaluating Apps
2:30-3:30 Digital Media in Storytimes
Activity: Felt Boards
3:30-3:45 Idea Sharing
3:45-4:00 Questions and Survey
Lisa Soper is the Youth Services & Programming Coordinator for The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. Prior to her current role, she spent more than 10 years sharing her love of reading, science and technology with children of all ages as a Children’s Librarian with PLCH and the Lawrenceburg Public Library District in Lawrenceburg, IN.
Kimberly Thompson has worked with children and families for over 20 years as a Teacher, Social Worker, and Librarian. All of these experiences helped prepare Kimberly for her current role as Children’s Librarian with the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. Currently, Kimberly is finding joy when implementing new technology with toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents.
This event is free, so food will not be provided. There will be an intermission for participants to go out to have lunch.