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E301 Rethinking Digital Literacy for All Ages

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
10:30 AM 11:15 AM
, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
, Children's and Youth Services Consultant, Library of Virginia
, Technical Services Librarian, Mechanics' Institute
, Web & Electronic Services Librarian, Mechanics' Institute

How do we best teach digital literacy? During a person’s lifetime, the majority of learning happens outside the walls of a formal classroom. The first speakers focus on projects targeting the youngest library patrons through gaming, computing, and other digital devices. Through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), local libraries have developed a range of digital literacy projects to best meet the needs of young learners in their communities. The second presentation describes how the Mechanics’ Institute Library’s technology team devised an appointment-based office-hours approach to teaching digital literacy skills. Hear how this approach has morphed from an informal drop-in session to a popular bimonthly appointment-based consultation for patrons.

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