As more and more students use digital devices as learning tools, schools are often at a loss in finding ways to incorporate digital learning into the curriculum. Librarians can be good sources for a variety of information sources and services that support the needs of the learning digital literacycommunity. They can help by offering collaborative research strategies and lessons on digital literacy.
The American Library Association defines digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills” (Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policies 1).
Library media specialists work with teachers and students to encourage skilled use of online subscription databases, electronic catalogs, information retrieval, and internet search strategies. The school library program encourages a collaborative environment where the process of learning is as important as the end product.
For a succinct, insightful overview the full report and a summary of ways library media programs promote digital learning, check out the ALA’s post New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy.