Current PD Program: Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff
Erikson Institute’s TEC Center is now offering a new, IMLS-funded, professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. This is a four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S.
Cohort 2 will occur during October 2022-January 2023, and Cohort 3 will occur during April-July 2023.
Public and school library staff who either work directly with young children (ages birth through 8 years old) and families, or supervise library staff who do work directly with young children and families.
Participants will learn about the importance of supporting children and families as critical media users. Participants will learn about how young children use and comprehend various media including digital and print media. This program will utilize publications of Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report (Herdzina & Lauricella, 2020) and Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families (Haines, Campbell, Association for Library Service to Children, 2016), among other related media literacy in library publications and resources. Participants will explore strategies, practices, activities, and tools for implementing media literacy education within a library setting.
As a participant in this PD program, you will:
Those who complete the expectations outlined below will receive a personal certificate of completion and their library will receive a $400 honorarium. All participants will be expected to:
Participating library staff will be highly encouraged to develop and host media literacy programs for their library patrons, either in person or virtually, after they complete the PD program.
This PD program is part of the IMLS-funded project, Supporting 21st Century Librarians: Media Literacy Professional Development for Youth Librarians.