Continuing the Conversation: A to Zoo for Apps

littleelitmediumAt ALA in Chicago, a group of librarians (actual and honorary) from LittleeLit.com presented a panel entitled Building A to Zoo for Apps: Time-tested librarian skills meet cutting edge technology for kids. The discussion centered around the need for librarian involvement in the rapidly expanding children’s digital media marketplace, an overview of current research and review sources, and a promise for continued action, which we are now in the processing of delivering! ALSC will be hosting two community forums on August 20th & 21st around the issue of new media for children in libraries.

This community forum was born out of a conversation that happened after A to Zoo for Apps, when Starr LaTronica and I sat down with Carisa Kluver of Digital-Storytime.com and Chip Donohue, Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center and Senior Fellow at Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media to discuss the potential for a collaboration that would bring together the expertise that children’s librarians bring to the table in the way of evaluation, curation and metadata (which, as we all know, is essential for the useful aggregation of any kind of information) and the new media and child development expertise of the TEC Center and the Fred Rogers Center. There are no comprehensive resources for children’s digital media like there are for print materials, and it is my firm belief that librarians have the skills and expertise to become leaders in this area and produce authoritative review and recommendation resources in this marketplace.

Please attend either or both of these forums if you’re able to do so. We are beginning to truly walk down the path of new librarianship (which has been a slower process for children’s librarians than it has been for some of our colleagues). Let’s talk about how children read differently now and what that means for the services, collections and programs we provide.

Here’s the description:

The ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Starr LaTronica will be hosting two ALSC Community Forum live chats with a special emphasis on new media in libraries: what it is, how we use it and how to develop best practices in this rapidly evolving information environment. The ALSC Children & Technology Committee will be co-hosting this online discussion. The community forum will build on the 2013 ALA Annual Conference Conversation Starter: “Building A to Zoo for Apps: Time-tested librarian skills meet cutting edge technology for kids.” In addition to the 45 minutes of discussion, these forums will include quick announcements from the ALSC Board of Directors at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and a time for questions at the end.

Your two opportunities to join in the discussion are:

  • Tuesday, August 20 at 11am CT
  • Wednesday, August 21 at 2pm CT

Using Adobe Connect

ALSC Community Forums now take place on Adobe Connect. The forum will take place in a similar format although the first ten minutes will include live audio from ALSC President Starr LaTronica and from presenter Cen Campbell.

A few days prior to the event, ALSC members will receive an email with a URL link to the forum. Visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/community-forums for more information about using Adobe Connect. There are also links to previous ALSC Community Forums chats. Questions? Contact Dan Rude by email, drude@ala.org or by phone, 800-545-2433 ext 2164.

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