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:

#alsc2014: Tech Access on a Budget

The ALSC Institute was fabulous! My days were filled with interesting sessions, hilarious author talks, and spontaneous get togethers with new and old friends. I was awed by the children’s librarians around the country who continue to find creative solutions to their community’s problems, especially those related to early literacy. Librarians need to be at every local, state, and national discussion about early literacy and how we can make it accessible for all kids.

Here are the slides from the Tech Access on a Budget panel I was a part of. We shared lots of ideas about how to successfully integrate technology tools and programs into libraries big and small, urban and rural. Both sessions included great discussions about how children’s librarians across the country are using tech tools to foster early literacy, teach kids and teens programming skills, and promote collaboration and creative problem solving in the maker-friendly environments also known as the library. Look out digital divide, super librarians are here so your days are numbered!

Thanks to @MaryAnnScheuer for posting the slides and for wrangling us! Read her recap here.

ALSC Institute 2014

I’ll be at the ALSC Institute (#alsc14) in Oakland, CA this weekend! I’m looking forward to seeing in person many of the librarians I know online and learn from everyday. If you’re in Oakland this weekend, please say hello!

While at the Institute, I’ll be part of a panel called Tech on a Budget with Cen Campbell (@littleelit), Mary Ann Scheuer (@MaryAnnScheuer)
and Suzanne Flint. We’ll be sharing our experiences and those of librarians around the country. Slides will be posted soon.

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