Young Children & Media: Libraries in the Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Digital World

Chip Donohue, co-author of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology Tools and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs, will share key messages and guidelines from the Statement and discuss implications for educators, parents, children’s librarians and other adults who care for and about young children. He will address both common concerns about children and technology and the potential benefits when adults select, use, integrate and evaluate technology in effective, appropriate and intentional ways that support development and learning.  Obstacles and opportunities for children’s librarians and libraries in providing developmentally appropriate experiences for young children will be explored.

A resource guide surrounding the topic of young children and media has been compiled by the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee to complement this webinar.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will:

  • Receive information about of the key messages, principles and guidelines of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement
  • Explore the applications and implications of principles and guidelines in the context of children’s libraries and librarians
  • Learn about current research about technology and media with young children
  • Gain an understanding of cautions and concerns about technology and young children
  • Be shown how effective, appropriate and intentional uses of technology can support child development and learning
  • Consider the obstacles and opportunities for librarians and libraries in providing developmentally appropriate experiences for young children.

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians, educators, library paraprofessionals, and support staff in public and school libraries working with young children and parents.


Chip Donohue, PhD, is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and the Director of the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media, where he: co-chaired the working group that revised the NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs serving children from Birth through Age 8; is helping to develop the Framework for Quality in Digital Media for Young Children; and serves on the Early Learning Environment (Ele) Advisory Committee.

Accessing the Webcast

ALSC is offering this webcast to all personal ALSC members free of charge. If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the webcast; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page.  Become an ALSC member and save on the price of the webinar.

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Technical Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.


All inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Jenny Najduch, ALSC program officer, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.