Digital Media Resources

 
Welcome to ALSC's Digital Media Resources page.  This collection is a go-to list for children’s librarians navigating their way through the evolving digital landscape. 
 
Discover current articles, blog posts, and websites about iPads, tablets, eBooks, apps and more. Each article topic is divided into the following categories: All Things Digital, eBooks, Tablets & Apps, and Early Literacy.  
 
Do you have eBooks in your library?  Are you thinking about starting a library program with tablets?  Curious about what’s happening in the digital world and libraries?  What makes a good app for young children? 
 
This webpage offers the latest tech news impacting the youth services field. Please visit us often.  We hope to encourage a healthy dialogue around these topics, and to continually grow the site with new materials and your recommendations.  
 
 
Thank you, 
ALSC Digital Content Task Force
 

Websites 

ALA eBook Toolkit
Advocacy resources from the ALA Digital Content Working Group.
 
Children's Technology Review
Children's Technology Review is designed to keep parents, teachers and librarians up to date on the latest children's interactive media products
 
Cool Mom Tech Kirkus Reviews
Cool Mom Tech is the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality and fabulosity.
 
Cybils:  2013 Nominations: Book Apps
 
Digital Media Diet
A blog about children's literature, parenting and digital publishing.
 
The Digital Shift
The latest news about e-content issues from Library Journal and School Library Journal.
 
Fred Rogers Center
The work of the Fred Rogers Center resonates with Fred’s own belief in the positive potential of television and new media for supporting the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children.
 
Gadgetwise on New York Times: reviews
Gadgetwise is a blog is devoted to reviewing and discussing the latest gadgets and devices available.
 
Latest technology news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, a world leading voice in current topics.
 
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop: Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age
The mission of the Cooney Center is to advance children’s learning through digital media.
 
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews the Best Book Apps of 2011. Explore over 50 electronic, interactive book apps. Continue to explore and read reviews on the latest in picture book apps
 
Little eLit:  Young Children, New Media and Libraries
Little eLit is a collaborative think tank of professionals thinking about the topic of young children, new media, and libraries.
 
Media Bistro
A one-stop resource that covers journalism, social media marketing, social games, web development, and more.
 
NAEYC: Selected Resources on Technology and Early Childhood Education
Professional organization which promotes excellence in early childhood education. 
 
NPR-All Tech Considered stories
All Tech Considered explores how technology is changing culture and connection.
 
Ocean House Media, Inc.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is a leading publisher of more than 315 apps. Favorites include Dr. Seuss, Fancy Nancy, Tacky the Penguin, and Byron Barton’s book apps.
 
PBS Mediashift
From PBS comes MEDIASHIFT your guide to the digital media revolution.
 
Reading Rockets Educational apps
A collection of fun and educational apps that also provide practice with the essential literacy skills.
 
School Library Journal Touch and Go
Touch and Go is now a bi-weekly column published in School Library Journal’s Extra Helping e-newsletter.
 
Smart Apps for Kids
The best source for info on the best apps and freebies for the iPad and iPhone.

Articles 

All Things Digital 

The Bowker Survey - Understanding Today’s Children’s Book Consumers.  Book Expo America 2013, Children's Presentation
 
Children's reading shrinking due to apps, games and YouTube: The Guardian, September 26, 2013
 
Children’s on-screen reading overtakes reading in print: May 16, 2013
 
New Parenting Study Released: March 24, 2014
 
Toy industry seeks to defend benefits of apps for children, but scientific evidence is scant by Cecilia Kang, Published: August 14, 2013
 

Tablets and Apps 

Michelle’s Smashing App Fest, School Library Journal, May 24, 2014,
 
New Media in Storytime: Choosing Digital Media by Claudia Haines, Never Shushed blog
 
Tablets and apps for children are on the rise by Ryan Faughnder / LA Times, April 9, 2014
 
Infographic: Tips to help children refocus on reading, The Digital Reader blog, April 17, 2014
 
Why iPads Aren’t The Answer (But Still Important) by Liz Griffiths, April 9, 2013
 
Learning: Is There an App for That? by Cynthia Chiong and Carly Shuler
 

Ebooks 

ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors:  Giving librarians the knowledge to be more effective e-book providers, January 2014
 
New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books-October 04, 2013
 
The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading by Art Brodsky, October 2, 2013 
 
2013 Ebook Usage Report for U.S.  School (K-12) Libraries
 
Former Amazon exec wants to give free e-books ‘to every child on the planet’ by Rebecca Grant, April 9, 2013 
 
It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report by Lauren Barack, April 15, 2014  
 
What You Need to Know Before Letting Your Kids Read E-Books by Annie Murphy Paul, April 28, 2014
 

Early Literacy 

Growing Young Minds
 
Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture
 
NAEYC: Technology and Young Children
 
Pioneering Literacy: In the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators
 
Children’s Librarians as Digital Media Mentors: April 14, 2014