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Why Digital and Media Literacy Matters Now

Renee Hobbs addresses Georgia school, public, and academic librarians on June 11th, 2024

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Libraries are learning organizations. It’s been said that the best way to learn something is to teach it to
others. Reflect on the motivations and values that shape your thoughts and feelings about the many
different types of media you use every day: books, movies, video games, TV shows, music, social media,
and more. Consider how analyzing and creating content has reflected and shaped your own identity as a
family member, friend, learner, and library professional. Get inspired by practical examples of how
school, public, and academic librarians from across the US have using digital and media literacy learning
experiences to activate student creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. Digital and media literacy helps
to make learning (and teaching) a joyful experience as students build their identities as members of a
knowledge community whose authentic voices support and serve the common good.

Learning Goals:
1. Understand why digital and media literacy is a moving target that changes in response to
changing culture, platforms, and technologies.
2. Reflect on how your identity, life experience, and your own media use choices shape your views
about the benefits and risks of digital and social media.
3. Gain knowledge about innovative approaches to digital and media literacy that have been
developed by school, academic, and public librarians.
4. Appreciate the key elements and best practices of create-to-learn pedagogies as a part of digital
and media literacy education.
5. Be inspired to join with others to help advance the practice of digital and media literacy in your