Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today's Teens

Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today's Teens

Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today's Teens

Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today's Teens

Synopsis

Learn how to integrate pop culture and technology into school library programs and classrooms, and make today's digital content, mobile devices, and students' changing interests work to the educator's advantage.

• Provides annotated lists of recommended apps and effective media tools

• Examines what new methods and tools work best to engage the attention of this generation of students

• Explains how to teach students already comfortable with the Internet how to find, evaluate, understand, and assimilate information for both academic and personal purposes

• Demonstrates how to keep up and constantly change a library program to maintain its appeal

Excerpt

I believe that today and tomorrow are the best times to be a librarian, especially a librarian that works with teens. Keeping up with technology changes, pop culture, and the average student’s “minute to get it” attention span is likely to be the most personally and professionally enriching time of our careers. We can’t do what librarians did in the past; we can’t spend a majority of our time tending to our collections and shelves. We can’t use stale instruction methods to teach information literacy; in fact, we can’t focus only on information. We need to use every service, every encounter, and every instructional opportunity to integrate media literacy into students’ academic and personal lives. And we need to connect with them through what they find interesting and relevant.

Perks of being school librarians in today’s world include having a great excuse for being an early adopter of tech gadgets, reading People magazine, watching Dancing with the Stars, reading the Hunger Games trilogy without apology, and discovering and using all the creative and well designed media tools and apps to share with our communities.

No matter how we shun and look down on pop culture and academic entertainment, it is a factor, method, and tool to engage and connect with today’s students. Video, messaging and texting, gaming, and television are the hooks to pull students deep into the subject content of school curriculum. Is using pop culture and technology trends to recharge our library program any less serious and intellectual than using scavenger hunts to discover the location of the library’s encyclopedias, almanacs, and dictionaries, or presenting booktalks when students can read the inside covers of books themselves?

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