What is a media mentor? If you work with children in the library, or manage those who do, join us for an in-depth look at media mentorship and how to support families in the digital age. Discover innovative ways to support families with all kinds of media, discuss relevant research about digital media and children, and apply your new knowledge to your day-to-day work.
At a glance
- Defining Media Mentorship and Family Engagement
- Making the Case for Media Mentorship in the Library
- 3 Ways to be a Media Mentor for Children and Families
- Evaluating and Finding High Quality Digital Media for Children
- Partnering and Collaborating In and Out of Libraryland: PLNs
Suggested textbook (NOT required): Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working With Children and Families (ALA Editions, 2016). Consider borrowing from your local library or requesting through ILL.
A pass/fail grade is based on reading/watching assigned weekly material, actively participating in online discussions (2-4 posts per week), and completing two short assignments. This course is designed for working library staff and all coursework will be relevant and practical.
Claudia Haines is the Youth Services Librarian at the Homer Public Library (Alaska). She trains other librarians as media mentors and serves on both local and national committees that support families and literacy. She is co-author of the book, Becoming a Media Mentor (2016) and the ALSC white paper on media mentorship. She blogs at www.nevershushed.com.