Administrative and Management Skills

Digital Media Resources updated for 2022

Looking down from above, a multi-ethnic family is pictured with a father, mother, and two young children all looking at an iPad together. The children are sitting on the parent's laps and pointing at images on the iPad.
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Image: Family Ipad Time by HoffmanCynthia

Hello Friends! We have some exciting news to share. The ALSC Digital Media Resources page has been updated.

This list, created and updated annually by the ALSC Children and Technology Committee, curates current digital and tech articles, blog posts, and websites impacting the youth services field. This year we’ve added some new categories–media mentorship and podcast advisory–and updated recommendations on the familiar topics of children’s eBooks and apps, early learning, and research. Each section’s resources are selected with focused attention on the interactions of children and technology. 

Here’s a sampling of the Children and Technology Committee member’s favorite resources:

  • What is a media mentor?
    This is a great example of media mentorship in action by the Scarborough Public Library in Maine. The library’s Youth Services Manager published this article in the local paper, introducing families to the librarian’s role as media mentor and providing suggestions and resources for meaningful media engagement. Sharing this information through a non-library channel ensures that it reaches a wider audience and creates greater awareness about youth librarians’ expertise in children’s media use. Pairing an orientation to media mentorship with specific tips and ideas is an effective way to illustrate the kinds of valuable conversations that families can expect when they engage with youth librarians about this topic. –Karen Wang
An educator and student are sitting side by side at a table. On the table is an iPad that both are looking at together.
CC BY 2.0 Image: Student_ipad_school by FlickingerBrad
  • Results of study Differences in Parent-Toddler Interactions With Electronic Versus Print Books
    So many parents and caregivers inquire about evidence-based research – this is a fantastic study from AAP Publications and the University of Michigan to point to regarding electronic and print reading with very young readers. While the physical book does encourage more dialogic and collaborative reading, eBooks can uniquely enhance engagement – particularly with older readers. –Claire Moore/@cmooresalgado 
  • Project Gutenberg Children’s Bookshelf
    On New Year’s Day 2019, the number of works entering the public domain in the United States finally started growing again–after a 20-year hiatus. Every January 1 since, one more year’s worth of books, plays, songs, etc. have been added to the US public domain. Published works up to 1927 are now available, so this is a good time to visit Project Gutenberg Children’s Bookshelf and download a free Beatrix Potter or E. Nesbit eBook. –Tina Bartholoma

About the Author

Correction: This article was jointly written by members of the 2021-2022 the ALSC Children & Technology Committee. Tina Bartholoma, MLS, M.Ed.,  co-chair of the committee was the editor.

This blog addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies:  II. Reference and Use Services and IV. Collection Knowledge and Management.

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