ALSC Children and Technology Committee Committee
|Reporting Period*:||May 15|
|Name of Committee or Task Force*:||Children & Technology Committee|
|Priority Group Area *:||Professional Development (PGC VII)|
|Current Chair(s)*:||Amy Graves|
|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 conducted our virtual "book club" based on Lisa Guernsey's book, Screen Time. The discussion took place in the Children and Technology Interest Group on ALA Connect, and generated a total of 7,719 page views (as of today) for the six weeks of discussion. Committee members Cen Campbell, Marianne Martens, and Amy Graves are preparing for our Hot Topic presentation at ALA Annual: "Whet Your APPetite: Rapid Reviews of Apps for Children from Preschool to Tweens."|
|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, though we are interested in the possibility of collaborating with other committees on the chats.|
|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. We have worked together on projects and will continue to do so.|
|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 Connecct 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|
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 email@example.com.
April 8, 8PM EST,
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!
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)
To find out which libraries are using new media with young children.
Library Collections, Services & Programs for Children 0-5 and their families & caregivers
- 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)
- Mostly Multiple Choice Questions
Questions to ask (please feel free to edit)
- Libraries who use tablets or other technologies in storytime
- Libraries who provide access to new media (circulating tablets, mounted or in-house use)
- Libraries who provide recommendations for new media (recommended apps)