AkLA 2015: Early Literacy & New Media for Young Children

For the past several days I’ve been at the annual Alaska Library Association conference in Juneau, Alaska. It’s my chance to catch up face to face with the other librarians around our vast state and learn a few things from this resourceful bunch.  (Juneau librarians turned books into these beautiful table centerpieces! Cool, huh?)

I was asked to present a pre-conference on new media and young children and here are the resources I shared. The 3 hour session was jam packed with great questions, ideas and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who attended!

First the slides from the pre-conference:

This second link is a resource list including references specifically for librarians/educators and others useful for parents/caregivers. The resource link also includes review sites and other online resources. Early Literacy & New Media for Young Children Resource List

Here are the apps we discussed and several others I wanted to share:

Little eLit book: Evaluating New Media

Over the last year, many of us involved with Little eLit have been working on a book called Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. It’s not just a book, but a thoroughly researched tool for librarians who are becoming media mentors, supporting families and fostering literacy with a variety of media. Each month a new chapter is being released online and once all of the chapters have been released they will be compiled in a pdf document. This month the chapter Evaluating New Media, written by myself and Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime and the The Digital Media Diet, has been released. We hope it will be useful for both those using new media for the first time and seasoned new media users alike. Check out the book and let us know what you think!