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Friday, October 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Library Film Education: On and Beyond the Screen

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When it comes to film programming in libraries, the days of “hit play and walk away” are over. Today, more and more individuals have the tools for film and media production literally in the palms of their hands, and quality independent, international, and documentary films are becoming easier to access. Librarians are active in the digital revolution and part of this work includes bringing robust and meaningful film programming and hands-on digital media education into school and public libraries. How? This presentation shows how, through film and media education partnerships in their communities and by deepening their own professional development experiences in critically analyzing and creating media, librarians are advancing the digital and media literacy competencies of their patrons. 

In this session, we document the work of Media Smart Libraries, an IMLS-funded statewide professional development initiative for librarians in Rhode Island. We outline how our deep partnership with the Providence Children's Film Festival developed and how we exploited the assets of a university - community partnership to increase awareness of the value of digital and media literacy for children, teens, and families. By advancing the digital and media literacy competencies of children, teens, and families in our communities, we helped increase awareness of the value of screen media education and digital and media literacy for children, teens, families, and community leaders. We created a cadre of digital and media literacy expert librarians and improved the quality of LIS education for the next generation of public and school librarians through coursework that offers hands-on experiential learning and competencies in content creation, curation, and collaboration. But this work was not easy and there was a lot of learning along the way. We describe the design, implementation and assessment of a series of public programming events over the course of two years emphasizing the use of film and media texts, and digital media tools and technologies, drawing upon our partnership with the Providence Children’s Film Festival. We offered a series of 15+ Continuing Education Workshops for librarians designed to create a cadre of digital and media literacy experts. We describe our learning experience using a cohort program and a digital badging system to credential librarians who attend workshops/events and complete activities towards the earning of badges. Finally, we describe the consequences of revising the University of Rhode Island's MLIS curriculum to emphasize digital media literacy and experiential learning through community collaboration.

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Liz Deslauriers

Media Education Lab

Pamela Steager

Senior Writer/Researcher, Media Education Lab

Friday October 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific Ballroom A

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