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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, aka, Librarian by Day, is a blogger, a Tweeter and an international public speaker. Bobbi is currently an ALA Councilor-at-Large and a serves on the advisory board for the Pew Internet & American Life research on Libraries in the Digital Age. Bobbi 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 once used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google. She shares her passions by speaking and providing workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Bobbi’s past professional involvements include serving on the ALA OITP Advisory Committee, the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force, and chairing the ALA LITA Transliteracy Interest Group. Her noteworthy projects and accomplishments include founding and coordinating the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project. Bobbi co-founded and launched the award winning, This Is What a Librarian Looks like in February of 2012. Bobbi co-founded and wrote for the award winning Libraries and Transliteracy Project. Bobbi has a Masters in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a Masters in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communication.

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