ALSC and Media Mentorship

Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth

Recently, the Association for Library Service to Children released a white paper in support of librarians as media mentors, a term coined by Lisa Guernsey at the New America Foundation. I am so proud to have worked on the paper, Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth, with three other librarians, Cen Campbell, Amy Koester and Dorothy Stoltz. The adoption of the paper by ALSC, as well as the wealth of research and insights within the paper, are an important part of the conversation about what it means to be a youth services librarian and how we can support the literacy needs of the families in our communities.

Please read it and join the conversation!

ALSC will be discussing media mentorship and the paper at its next Community Forum on June 2nd (ALSC members only).


Welcome to the Digital Neighborhood: A Fred Rogers Center and Little eLit Digital Literacy Symposium

This week I’m on the East Coast and I had the pleasure of working with a group of innovative librarians and early childhood experts who all care about kids and supporting their families’ literacy needs. The league of media mentors just got bigger! Here is the Little eLit post about our collaboration.

Little eLit

This was a week of collaboration. Librarians and early childhood education experts teamed up in Harford County, Maryland, to talk with more than 80 librarians and educators as part of a grant from Comcast to expand the Harford County Public Library system’s digital literacy efforts. We had two goals: to talk about what’s new and what’s still true in the world of new media and young children, and to train librarians in their evolving role as media mentors. The successful training included Tanya Smith from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dorothy Stoltz and Kristen Bodvin from the Carroll County Public Library (Maryland), and myself, Claudia Haines, from the Homer Public Library (Alaska).

While in Harford County, Tanya and I also spent time with families of young children at the Abingdon and Bel Air branches to talk about what to consider when using digital media with young…

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