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Registration Open for CRD ’12 Spring Workshop

April 13, 2012

Digital Natives or Digitally Naive: Lessons on Digital and Media Literacy

9 am-4 pm on May 24, 2012

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Program will introduce librarians just starting or just thinking about starting media support programs to digital and media literacy with thought-leader Renee Hobbs, Founding Director of the Harrington School for Communication at the University of Rhode Island. She will address the big question of “Why media?,” some of the commons concerns with starting a program (is a media project rigorous enough?), the role is strengthening a student’s critical thinking skills with regard to media (does this YouTube video have the facts right?). Dr. Hobbs will lead a discussion session on the 4 dimensions of digital literacy as well. The afternoon breakout sessions are effective media assignment design with Jackie Fritz (Bucks CCC), a session on multimedia literacy and media practice at Univ. of Delaware with Shelly McCoy & Hannah Lee and the Penn State Knowledge Commons overview and practice in the first semester with Joe Fennewald & Emily Rimland.

Breakout Descriptions
The Knowledge Commons at Penn State
A key element in the implementation of ‘Commons’ are the partners libraries build to create the ‘one-stop shop’ for students. These can be internal (lending, reference, instruction) as well as external (information technology, media, writing and math tutors). Additionally, each partner may have different priorities ranging from day-to-day operations to creating programs and outreach. In this session, the presenters will share their recent experience at Penn State but welcome and encourage you to share yours. The discussion will include the different types of partners libraries have established, problems encountered, and solutions explored in providing effective student-centered learning spaces in libraries.

Joe Fennewald, Head of the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons, and Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator, Penn State University Libraries

Collaborating to revitalize student learning
Well-designed assignments guide students in using media resources and technology tools successfully. Librarians lead the way on this path to obtaining learning goals by teaching instructional design, media literacy, and transliteracy skills to both faculty and students. Student and faculty products from New Media Literacy and Transliteracy professional development institutes demonstrate this approach, presented by Jackie Fritz.

Student Multimedia Research Center at UDel
The Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library has the space, hardware, and software for students to create multimedia. Adding a multimedia literacy component is the next step. Join Shelly McCoy and Hannah Lee as they present their thought process and strategy in starting their multimedia literacy program. Attendees will review and discuss ideas and considerations and be able to start outlining a multimedia literacy program for their library.

Renee Hobbs
Renee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. She is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island, where she founded the Harrington School of Communications and Media, a new type of communications school emphasizing digital and media literacy in an interdisciplinary environment. She has created numerous award-winning multimedia curriculum materials for K-12 English language arts educators and students. Her book, Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom (20011, Corwin/Sage) paves the way for a connected vision of media education across the classroom, community and library.

PaLA Member (includes lunch)  $35
Student Rate (must show ID at Event) $20
NonMember/Late Registration $55


Hotel Information
Hampton Inn & Suites Newtown
Mention Bucks Media Literacy Workshop for discounted rate of $119
Rooms reserved until May 11th

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