Digital Inclusion, Teens, and Your Library: Exploring the Issues and Acting on Them

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Libraries Unlimited, 2005 - Education - 176 pages
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The digital divide is a disturbing reality, and teens in our society increasingly fall into distinct categories of technology "haves" and "have-nots," whether or not computers are available to them in the schools. This trend undermines the futures of our youth and jeopardizes the vitality of our society. Today's librarians are in a unique position to help bridge the gap. This guide helps librarians to identify "tech-nots"--technologically disadvantaged teens--in a community or school and to reach out and build information literacy in underserved teen populations. Farmer goes beyond recommending computers for every teen, and demonstrates how to overcome teen misperceptions and disinterest in computers. After examining the problem and the populations most affected, the author discusses how to build awareness and motivation, train staff, create space and time, build the collection, develop partnerships with other agencies and organizations, offer services, and overcome barriers with specific populations. Citing benchmark programs and services from around the country, Farmer offers a wealth of exciting new ways for libraries to connect with at-risk teens today. Grades 6-12.

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Lesley S. J. Farmer is Professor of Library Media Technology at California State University, Long Beach. She is the author of more than a dozen professional books for librarians. She has worked in all types of libraries particularly school settings, and also trains educators in educational technology.

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