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Friday, October 23, 2015

Young Children and Media Literacy Webinar

Many of you attended the October 6 Media Mentor workshop with Erin Walsh and Chip Donohue.   Those terrific presenters told us about Faith Rogow, a "Media Literacy Education Maven."  She has an upcoming FREE webinar from Early Childhood Investigations: Media Literacy Action in the Early Years: Activity Ideas for Reasoning and Reflection.  It looks interesting, and even if you can't attend live, if you register they'll send you the link so you can access it later!

October 28, 1:00 pm (CST)

In this empowering webinar, media literacy education maven Faith Rogow, will provide an overview of how to reach beyond teaching with technology to also integrate reasoning and reflection in age appropriate ways. We’ll discuss the difference between warning children about media and a skill-building approach to media literacy. We’ll also introduce a new, free professional development and teaching resource from NAMLE: short, annotated downloadable videos describing actual media literacy activities that you can try, gathered from accomplished early childhood educators from across the U.S. Learn more...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

More Data that's Encouraging!

In a recent Pew Study on libraries, guess what they found?

  • 85% of people believe libraries should DEFINITELY provide free early literacy programs
  • 85% of people believe libraries should DEFINITELY work more closely with local schools to provide resources to kids.

These services are the ones that the general public is in greatest agreement about.  Maybe that's because 78% of people feel that the library is effective at promoting literacy and the love of reading. 

So--good for you if early literacy programs and school collaboration is part of what you do.  And if you don't yet?  Well, then, maybe it is time to explore ways you can!  The public thinks that is what you should be doing.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Here's What the Data Says (and it's not depressing!)

It's been a while since I've posted--blog posting has been falling to the bottom of my list and then falling right off the list as I've been occupied with other projects and commitments.  Hopefully, this will be the start of more regular posts.

A few weeks ago, I attended the statewide meeting of youth services consultants, and was fascinated to hear our state's Public Library Data and Finance Consultant, Jamie McCanless talking about the data, and the stories the data had to tell were pretty fascinating.

We all have seen the trends -circulation tends to be going down statewide.  Jamie broke out the statewide data, however, and found that in rural areas, the change in circulation is less drastic, and in fact, it went up in 44 rural libraries (compared to going up in zero of the 16 city libraries).  And children's materials circulation went up in 76 rural libraries.  In fact, all across the state, the children's materials as a percentage of total circulation is steadily rising.  So all that time and energy you are putting into collecting, promoting, displaying, and encouraging children's materials?  It's paying off.

Sometime in December, look for another blog post about data--we'll try to drill down in the same way for MORE libraries.