Children and Technology Interest Group (ALSC) Community
The cover story for the current issue of The Atlantic is about young children's use of technology, and what it means for their development. One of the themes of the article is parental guilt—how do parents justify technology use when they get admonished by their children's pediatricians about screen exposure? With so many screens in our lives, should we be more vigilant about promoting active play rather than letting kids "zone out" with screen time? Can we feel less guilty about apps under the "educational" heading? And are we obligated to make sure every moment of every day is an educational experience? Lots of good discussion here.
Favorite quote: "Norman Rockwell never painted Boy Swiping Finger on Screen, and our own vision of a perfect childhood has never adjusted to accommodate that now-common tableau."
Do you want to know what others in the country are doing in their libraries? Are you curious about the library world beyond your own stacks? Do you have a topic of particular interest to the library community that you would like to discuss? Maybe you had a great conversation during a breakout session at a conference that you would like to explore in more depth. Join us online for Conversation Sparks!
Conversation Sparks is a way to facilitate a large-scale conversation with librarians around the country. In this virtual environment, participants will meet with the purpose of exchanging ideas, exploring best practices, and learning from others in the profession. It is a way to break paradigms and learn from the examples of others in an environment of respect and understanding.
Each session will feature a new topic of conversation centered on the needs, concerns, and trends in today’s libraries. Speakers will consist of volunteers from the library community and beyond with a common goal of advocating and sharing their particular area of expertise. A subject expert will introduce the topic which will be followed by examples in the field from around the country. Sessions are not meant to be static, but are intended to spark conversations, generate new ideas, ignite passions, and help fuel enthusiasm for the profession.
Upcoming topics of conversation:
· August 27th 2pm EST: Tech-savvy kids at the library with Cen Campbell of LitteeLit.com
o Sharing examples needed of innovative tech-with-kids projects or programs at the library. Please contact Jennifer Hopwood at email@example.com by August 9th, 2013 if you would like to be listed as a sharing participant.
o To register for this session visit by August 20th, 2013.
What innovations are you doing at your library? We are looking for volunteers to participate as subject area experts as well as volunteers to share examples of pictures and descriptions from programs, events, clubs, and more.
Speakers are needed on the following topics:
· Programming for Children with Developmental Disabilities
· Getting graphic with comic books and graphic novels
· Diversity in and out of the stacks
· Libraries as the heart of the community- advocating beyond libraries
· Community Partnerships
· STEM programs for all ages
· Innovative use of Social Media at the Library
· Mental Health and the Library
If you have a project or program that you think might fit one of these categories, please contact Jennifer Hopwood at firstname.lastname@example.org . Have a different topic in mind? Volunteer to be a subject matter expert to help facilitate the conversation.