Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Digital Identity: An Opportunity for Leadership

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Digital Identity: An Opportunity for Leadership

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My husband Harry has been blogging for over ten years. Itfs his hobby and his 1000+ readers enjoy his writing style about topics that interest him like electric cars, Florida State sports, politics and our family. When he began this endeavor upon retirement, he asked me if I would mind if he included me in stories and photos. I said I wouldnftif he used my nickname and not my real name. I shuddered to think that the first thing that would appear when people goggled me might be that video of my failed attempts at surfing in Hawaii instead of a scholarly research article.

I'm not alone in trying to control my digital identity. A Pew Research study (Madden, Cortesi, Gasser, Lenhart & Duggan, 2012) reported that:

. 81% of parents of online teens say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can learn about their childfs online behavior, with some 46% being "very" concerned.

. 72% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know, with some 53% of parents being "very" concerned.

. 69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their childfs online activity might affect their future academic or employment opportunities, with some 44% being "very" concerned about that.

. 69% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child manages his or her reputation online, with some 49% being "very" concerned about that.

One of the evolving roles that have emerged for school librarians is teaching digital citizenship. This includes not only self-].image and identity but also Internet safety, digital footprint and reputation, privacy and security, information literacy, cyberbullying, and creative credit and copyright (Common Sense Education, 2014). The four research articles in this issue of School Libraries Worldwide focuses on these themes.

Linda Cooper in, "Electronic Portfolios to Support the Growth Of Digital Identity in the School Library," provides us with a good definition and examples of what we know and what we do about digital identity. She articulates how the use of eportfolios empowers a young person to create and recreate a changing identity and observe and reflect on his or her growth.

School librarian leadership is essential to integrating digital citizenship in the curriculum. …

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