Note: Digital Media Literacy workshops are on hold during the pandemic, but online training and education options may be available for libraries. Please contact us to discuss possibilities.
Become a Media Mentor for families with young children! Digital Media Literacy Training full-day workshops are FREE to Ohio library workers.
This free, one-day workshop will equip you to confidently assist parents and caregivers as they navigate the digital world. As a Media Mentor, you will guide families towards digital media experiences that promote positive and productive lifelong learning skills.
Children and families use digital media heavily for learning, entertainment, and communication. But many parents and caregivers lack the guidance and support they need to use digital media in ways that are effective and productive to their children's education. In March 2015, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Board of Directors adopted the white paper "Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth" to address this issue. This report calls upon librarians who serve youth to act as Media Mentors, and provide parents with guidance to increase their digital literacy. In order to be effective Media Mentors, librarians need to acquire new technology strategies that have a positive impact on early learning.
Through the Digital Media Literacy Training workshop, Ohio library staff who serve youth and families will:
- Learn the difference between using media passively and actively.
- Increase understanding of how to use technology effectively during storytime.
- Increase confidence in ability to speak to families and co-workers about new media.
- Increase the number of trusted sources used for making technology and interactive media recommendations.
This workshop was originally developed by the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of Ohio to implement a train-the-trainer plan in 2016. Cuyahoga County Public Library partnered with Cleveland Public Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Stark County District Library, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and Worthington Libraries to offer regional training sessions throughout Ohio in 2016. The Digital Media Literacy Training workshop being offered in 2018 is based on these trainings, with updates to incorporate new resources, new research, and emerging best practices.
An Ohio Digital Media Literacy Training Team collaborated to update the workshop material and present the workshops. Trainers include:
Brenna Becker and Sarah Polace, co-leads, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Maria Estrella and Erica Marks, Cleveland Public Library
Lisa Soper and Kim Thompson, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Jan Connell and Hannah Grohowski, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Morgan Hidy, Worthington Libraries
Please contact Ohio Ready to Read with any questions about Digital Media Literacy Training.