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Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World

Presented at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh June 4th, 2012


The original 23 Things

Additional 23 Things

IMLS 21st Century Skills Assessment

IMLS 21st Century Skills website

Managing Personal Change

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era – New York Times mentioned during presentation. ALA’s response to the article – ALA Wastes No Time – Our Work on Digital Literacy

Suggested Reading

Recommended Books


ALA supports FCC proposal to fund digital literacy training through public libraries. (2012, April 3).District Dispatch. Retrieved from http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/04/ala-supports-fcc-proposal-to-fund-digital-literacy-training-through-public-libraries/

Aspen Institute to Advance Recommendations of the Knight Commission. (2010, May 18).Knight Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-release/aspen-institute-to-advance-recommendations-of-the/

Becker, S., Crandall, M. D., Fisher, K. E., Kinney, B., Landry, C., & Rocha, A. (2010). Opportunity for American Library Association. (2011). The state of America’s libraries: A report from the American Library Association. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. Retrieved from http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries2011/state_of_americas_libraries_report_2011.pdf

DiMaggio, P., & Hargittai, E. (2001). From the ‘digital divide’ to ‘digital inequality’: Studying internet use as penetration increases. Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University: Center for the Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Federal Communications Commission. (2010). Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan. Washington, D.C: Federal Communications Commission.

Genachowski, J. (2011, November). FCC & “Connect to Compete” tackle barriers to broadband adoption, Face Sheet for Chairman Genachowski Remarks on Broadband Adoption, Speech presented in Washington, D.C. Retrieved from http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310924A1.pdf

Hoffman, J., Bertot, J. C., Davis, D. M., & Clark, L. (2011). Libraries connect communities: public library funding & technology access study 2010-2011. Chicago: American Library Association. Retrieved from http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/857ea9fd.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (2009). Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills (IMLS-2009-NAI-01). Washington, D.C. Retrieved from http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/21stCenturySkills.pdf

Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A., & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Retrieved from http://digitallearning.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7B7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C- E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF

The Knight Commision on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2009). Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age. Washington, DC: The Aspen Institute.

Lippincott, J. K. (2007). Student Content Creators: Convergence of LiteraciesEDUCAUSE Review42(6), 16–17.

Rheingold, H. (2012). Net smart: How to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Saveri, A., Rheingold, H., & Vian, K. (2005). Technologies of cooperation. Palo Alto CA. Retrieved from http://www.rheingold.com/cooperation/Technology_of_cooperation.pdf

Tennant, R. (2010, September 29). Managing Personal Change. Digital Libraries, Library Journal. Retrieved from http://blog.libraryjournal.com/tennantdigitallibraries/2010/09/29/managing-personal-change/

Thoman, E., Jolls, T., & Center for Media Literacy. (2008).Literacy for the 21st century: An overview and orientation guide to media literacy education. Santa Monica, CA: Center for Media Literacy.

Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful. (2010).Scientific American. Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=competition-and-the-internet

Zickuhr, K. (2010). Generations 2010. Washington, D.C: Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

Zickuhr, K., & Smith, A. (2012). Digital differences. Washington, D.C: Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

About Bobbi Newman

Bobbi Newman is a writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker. Her interests include privacy, public policy, technology, new media, digital literacy, class, political communication and behavior. She is passionate about the role of libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. She is involved in national library initiatives including serving on the National Information Standards organization committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems and the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age. She is a regular speaker at local, national, and international events covering topics such as the future of libraries, digital literacy, ebooks, policy, and innovation and change. Newman has served as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee, and a member of the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force. She is the author of the award winning blog, Librarian by Day and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Her writing is regularly highlighted by American Libraries Direct. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, The Guardian, BlogHer, O’Reilly Radar, The L.A. Times, Mental Floss, Techdirt, and GigaOm, and was used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google. She holds an MA in information research and library science, MA in political science and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. She has received awards for her service and teaching.

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