Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families

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Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families. By Claudia Haines, Cen Campbell, and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Chicago: ALA, 2016. 176 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 978-0-83891463-2).

Librarians wishing to provide materials for youth and families increasingly find themselves in the role of media mentor. Media mentors don't just know what books to suggest for children, they also know which learning apps, DVDs, databases, websites, programming, and other new media will be most beneficial for the child. The breadth of content available to families can often be overwhelming. Effective media mentors help families sift through the noise to find the highest-quality media--in whatever form it may take. In short, the media mentor is a content expert who relies on the context of the interaction and the individual child to help inform families' healthy media decisions. Together these "3 Cs" guide the media mentor in theory and practice.

While demystifying new and emerging technology, Haines and Campbell offer a clear, concise roadmap that helps youth services experts in public libraries assume the vital role of media mentor. Much more than a simple how to manual, Becoming a Media Mentor focuses on field-tested, research-based best practices for librarians serving children and families. …

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