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Chat Committee Chat - April 3, 2014

by Amy Graves on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Discussion Screen Time Book Club Google Hangout with Lisa Guernsey

by Melissa Depper on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 05:46 pm

Hi all! Here's the last piece for the Book Club. Lisa Guernsey, the author of our book, has agreed to join us for a Google Hangout conversation next week. The Hangout is scheduled for April 8, 8PM EST; next we just need to gauge interest.

Hi all! Here's the last piece for the Book Club. Lisa Guernsey, the author of our book, has agreed to join us for a Google Hangout conversation next week. The Hangout is scheduled for April 8, 8PM EST; next we just need to gauge interest.

If you would like to participate, please leave a comment to this post & let us know. If there is more interest than seats we will randomly select names. By commenting, you're saying that you will attend if chosen, that you've got a question or two for Lisa up your sleeve, and that you have the tech setup to attend. (We really want this to be worth Lisa's valuable time and want to make sure we have firm commitments from people who are ready to participate!)

If you don't care to comment publicly, you may send me an email at mdepper@ald.lib.co.us.

Thanks!

April 8, 8PM EST,

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Discussion Screen Time Book Club Chapter 12

by Melissa Depper on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 09:45 am

All right! Here we are at the last week of book club discussions! Thank you all so much for following along.

The last chapter we chose to look at together is Chapter 12: How Do Real Families Make Smart Media Choices? Lisa shares some of the strategies used by the families she interviewed, in terms of how they set time limits, decide when to turn the TV on (or share tablet time), paying attention to and limiting certain media content, steering around commericials & consumerism, where they put screens in the home, and turning off background TV.

All right! Here we are at the last week of book club discussions! Thank you all so much for following along.

The last chapter we chose to look at together is Chapter 12: How Do Real Families Make Smart Media Choices? Lisa shares some of the strategies used by the families she interviewed, in terms of how they set time limits, decide when to turn the TV on (or share tablet time), paying attention to and limiting certain media content, steering around commericials & consumerism, where they put screens in the home, and turning off background TV.

There are a lot of real-world strategies out there and a lot of real-world concerns, both from parents and caregivers and librarians--you can see them in the comments of our discussions over the last month or so. You can see them in Betsy Bird's post this week: iPad Use and Babies: Throwing a Wrench in the Works.

So my last question for us is simple: How do librarians help families make smart media choices? We've actually been talking about this all along, but I want to focus on it again. What do YOU say about media in your conversations with families? How does YOUR library position itself as a source of reliable information? How proactive are you--very or not at all--in bringing up media decisions with the families in your community?

Are there any strategies that have helped you as you embrace--either enthusiastically or reluctantly--this role as expert? What tech and media-based programs and services have been the most popular with your families?

Let us know!

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Chat Committee Chat - March 20, 2014

by Amy Graves on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Chat Committee Chat - March 6, 2014

by Amy Graves on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Online Doc National Survey: Young Children, New Media & Libraries

by Cen Campbell on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 01:52 pm

Background:

Background:

The idea for this survey arose through the work of the California State Library Early Learning with Families Initiative 2.0 (ELF 2.0), which is compiling a number of resources around the use of new media with young children in libraries. This survey could be a collaborative project where the C&T committee and the ELF2.0 initiative compile, publish and distribute the results, and eventually use the data to form professional recommendations for the incorporation of new media tools into collection, services and programs for families with children 0-5. Other resources that are being created as a part of the ELF initiative are a proposed National Forum on Young Children, New Media & Libraries (awaiting news of funding through IMLS), white paper by Dr Virginia Walter entitled "Young Children and New Media: Implications for Public Libraries," development & evaluation of new media storytime pilot projects within California (with Dr. Marianne Martens) and a proposed resource list entitled "Young Children, New Media & Libraries: A Multimedia Annotated Bibliography" (in partnership with a number of state libraries and LittleeLit.com)

Purpose:

To find out which libraries are using new media with young children. 

Scope:

Library Collections, Services & Programs for Children 0-5 and their families & caregivers

Steps forward:

  • Design survey in consultation with C&T committee, ELF2.0, & other representatives from ALSC (Jenna Nemec-Loise, for example)
  • Determine roles and responsibilities for all parties (suggestions: C&T & ELF work together to design the survey, we use ALSC surveymonkey account to administer the survey, C&T & ELF compile and interpret & publish results)

Notes:

  • Mostly Multiple Choice Questions

Questions to ask (please feel free to edit)

  1. Libraries who use tablets or other technologies in storytime
  2. Libraries who provide access to new media (circulating tablets, mounted or in-house use)
  3. Libraries who provide recommendations for new media (recommended apps)

 

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Chat Committee Chat - February 20, 2014

by Amy Graves on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Online Doc C&T Committee Quarterly Report: February 15, 2014

by Amy Graves on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

Reporting   Period*:

February 15

Name   of Committee or Task Force*:

Children and Technology Committee

Priority   Group Area *:

Professional Development (PGC VII)

Current   Chair(s)*:

Amy Graves

Reporting   Period*:

February 15

Name   of Committee or Task Force*:

Children and Technology Committee

Priority   Group Area *:

Professional Development (PGC VII)

Current   Chair(s)*:

Amy Graves

Chair's   Email*:

agraves@manchesternh.gov

Co-Chair's   email (if applicable):

 

Incoming   Chair (if known):

 

Committee/Task   Force Members*:

Amy Graves (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Liz Fraser (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Robin L. Gibson (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Rachel Keeler (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Melanie A. Lyttle (Member, July 31, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Dr. Marianne Martens (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Rachael Lee Medina (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Andrea Vernola (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Cen Campbell (Virtual Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Ms. Melissa Zymboly Depper (Virtual Member, November 1, 2012, to June 30,   2014)

Work   accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*:

As a virtual committee, we meet twice monthly using ALA Connect chat. Since the last reporting period, we have continued our ongoing projects: posting to the ALSC blog; contributing to Children and Libraries; and generating topics and questions for ALSC's monthly Twitter chats. Committee members Melissa Depper and Andrea Vernola have planned a virtual "book club" beginning February 25 in the Children and Technology Interest Group on ALA Connect, based around Lisa Guernsey's book, Screen Time. The committee also collaborated with the Digital Content Task Force to submit a Hot Topic program proposal for ALA Annual, which would be a showcase of apps that can be used in programs and services for children.

Summarize   discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives,   timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*:

Our committee meetings are publicly available in ALA Connect. Our discussions focus on the projects we work on. We have a schedule laid out for ALSC blog posts and Children and Libraries articles. We will continue to work on the Twitter chats during our meetings. We have a weekly schedule planned for the Screen Time book club that will conclude with a live Google Hangout with author Lisa Guernsey on April 8.

Please   describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last   report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*:

Our committee work supports the education goal area of ALSC's strategic plan. Our ongoing work on blog posts, interest group posts, Children and Libraries articles, and Twitter chats support professional development (objective 1), and often focus on new and emerging technologies (objective 2).

Technology   is component of ALSC core competencies. Please describe how your committee   has incorporated or adapted technology into the committee work that you do   and resources/information you have developed.:

Because it is the focus of our committee, technology is a part of everything we do, from how we conduct business as a virtual committee to the content of all of our projects.

Please   list other ALSC committees you think you could be collaborate with on issues   or projects to help further your work::

The Digital Content Task Force is a natural fit for collaboration, and we have taken advantage of that.

Do   you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or   resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please   be as detailed as possible.:

 

If   you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for   holding meetings or communicating?:

Email, Regularly scheduled ALA Connect discussions/chats

When   you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the   committee for the next committee?*:

using ALA Connect and our committee wiki

Has   the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the   responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the   implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be   submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *:

Yes

For   non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online   committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms   (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*:

Yes

If   you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the   resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*:

Yes

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Chat Committee Chat - February 6, 2014

by Amy Graves on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Event C&T Meeting

by Amy Graves on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

C&T Meeting - Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM EST

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To educate and encourage youth librarians to be leaders on technology issues in their institutions. To identify technology issues impacting youth librarians and to disseminate information to the membership on these issues through programs, training opportunities, and publications both traditional and electronic.

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