For immediate release | November 6, 2012

Diverse panel discusses “Culture of Learning” in online digital literacy forum Nov. 14

CHICAGO — Speakers from a range of settings and library backgrounds have been confirmed to participate in the ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force program “Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep up with Digital Media and Technology” Google Hangout session moderated by OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs. This virtual national conversation will take place at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 14.

“Creating a Culture of Learning” will explore how information professions can stay ahead of or on the learning curve with our students, colleagues and patrons as new devices, software and Internet-enabled services emerge. It is part of a series that began at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference and will continue in December with a discussion on assessing digital literacy.

Confirmed speakers for the Nov. 14 session are:

  • Caroline Haebig, the instructional technology coordinator, Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Haebig collaborates with teachers and administrators to improve student and teacher engagement using technology. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Young Educator Network and was named as the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator 2012.
  • Jamie Hollier, a technology, project management, and library consultant. She has worked at the Colorado State Library as a rural library manager and as a corporate librarian. Hollier was the project coordinator for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant at the state library. Through that project, they conducted trainings across the state and developed a range of training tools.
  • Gwyneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian is a middle-school teacher librarian at Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, Md. She is a member of the ISTE Board of Directors and was named an Innovator and one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2011. The Daring Librarian blog delivers “Ed-Tech Talk with Sweet Snarky Freshness.”
  • Bobbi Newman, aka Librarian by Day, is currently enrolled at Iowa State University pursuing her second master’s degree. While working at a Missouri public library, Newman was among the first to replicate Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Public Library’s “23 Things” model and she has written and spoken frequently on how the library adapted and made the program work. Newman also co-founded the award-winning Libraries and Transliteracy Project.
  • Dr. Anu Vedantham directs the Weigle Information Commons at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Vedantham writes and speaks extensively about the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Her research has explored gender-related aspects of the creation of videos by today's college students. She has held leadership positions in K-12 administration, the federal government and non-profit organizations.

ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Fellow Renee Hobbs will moderate, and discussion topics will include:

  • How can library groups and library leaders best support library staff in the quest to stay current?
  • What are the perceived obstacles that interfere with the continuing education process?
  • What resources or continuous learning models already are available to the profession, and what are their pros/cons?

This series of conversations is intended to create a forum for discussing key issues and developing a vision for continued library leadership in the digital literacy sphere. “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” will take place Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. EST.

Join the conversation by watching a live-stream of the panelists on YouTube and chatting with other viewers and tweeting with the hash tag #digilit12. Questions and comments will be submitted to panelists throughout the program.

Please RSVP for one or both conversations at We also welcome comments or questions prior to each conversation. Please use “Digital Literacy” as the subject line.


Jazzy Wright

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