Jan 23

Pew Research Center’s New Section: libraries.pewinternet.org

Pew Internet & American Life Project

Latest survey release: January 22, 2013

Patrons welcome new technologies, but still want the printed book to be the primary library resource.  The  survey is titled “Library Services in the Digital Age”.  Although the participants are discussing public libraries, the results are highly relevant to school libraries.

If you haven’t taken a look at the website yet, do take a look now.  With the new library section, all their studies of libraries and librarians are right up front.  Love the Pew.

AASL eCOLLAB posts Fall Forum talks


Selected AASL Fall Forum talks are now available on eCOLLAB.

Henry Jenkins (Opening Presentation)

Henry Jenkins shares his extensive expertise on participatory culture and help school librarians establish themselves as leaders when collaborating with teachers to plan and teach new media literacies to students. Jenkins directly engaged with attendees to develop strategies that effectively integrate these skills into subject areas across the curriculum and outline how to best use online social networking tools to reinforce student learning.

Kristin Fontichiaro

Kristin Fontichiaro worked with Fall Forum attendees to deconstruct the concept of transliteracy into smaller, more manageable facets. With Fontichiaro’s guidance, attendees built a definition of transliteracy and a supporting vocabulary that will help school librarians better connect curricula to the multimedia world of their students. She focused on the inquiry and rigor of assignments and how to collaboratively work with teachers to empower students with transliteracy skills.

Barbara Jansen

Barbara shares practices that she has used to promote a participatory school library program. She also shares strategies that start conversations with teachers about using new media tools and resources in rigorous and meaningful ways to build subject area knowledge while developing 21st century skills. Barbara’s presentation builds on the concepts and strategies presented by Henry Jenkins and Kristin Fontichiaro.

Henry Jenkins (Closing Presentation)



Nov 07

Teens and information use

New report: How Teens Do Research in the Digital World
According to a survey of teachers, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up.

We have seen the evidence in our libraries; now Pew Research Center makes it public.  Spread the word.