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Literacy Across the Profession

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ALSC Media Mentorship White Paper. Over the past few years, ALSC has increasingly deepened its conversations around the development and support of librarians as media mentors. Digital media encompasses quite a bit. The goal of our work in this area is to ensure that children’s librarians feel equally confident in their role as experts in digital resources as they do with any other media format. Each family chooses what they would like to include in their media diets. Children librarians are on-hand to help families identify and use the best resources to support those choices.

Like information literacy, digital literacy requires skills in locating and using information and in critical thinking. Beyond that, however, digital literacy involves knowing digital tools and using them in communicative, collaborative ways through social engagement.
Among the digital literacy resources Public Library Association (PLA) promotes at The site offers tools for self-guided learning, a network of individuals sharing ideas, best practices, and resources around digital literacy, and a searchable database of free computer training.
ALA Washington Office's District Dispatch also has a collection of blog posts related to government policy and initiatives geared towards digital literacy at 


Early Childhood Literacy

  • For two decades, Books for Babies, an initiative of ALA’s United for Libraries, has provided parents of newborns with resources to engage in early literacy activities with their infants. The kits, available in English and Spanish, include a board book, an application for the child’s first library card, and informational brochures.
  • The importance of early literacy to success in life is well documented; statements and studies to that effect can be found in United for Libraries’ Power Guide for Successful Advocacy. (See page 27 in Appendix A.) More information on this subject is available at the division’s Early Literacy page.
  • The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play public awareness campaign, launched by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), promotes the importance of parent and caregiver communication with babies. Free, customizable resources include posters with simple ideas for boosting children’s language and a book list brochure to support concept and language acquisition.