The ConnectedLib Toolkit was created to help librarians incorporate digital media into their work with youth to promote connections across learning contexts. Faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland teamed with public libraries to create this professional development resource that supports librarians in their efforts to leverage new media technologies and promote youth’s connected learning experiences in libraries. Our public library partners — Providence Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Kitsap Regional Library — serve a variety of traditionally underserved youth populations, including rural, immigrant, and low-income youth. Visit the ConnectedLib Project site for more information on the development process.
The connected learning model articulated by Mimi Ito and colleagues describes how networked technologies can be leveraged in a variety of settings—including libraries—to promote learning experiences that are interest-driven, peer-supported, academically-oriented, and connected to the various contexts that young people experience in their everyday lives. ConnectedLib responds directly to this need by working with in-service librarians to create a suite of professional development resources aimed at building librarians’ capacity to engage and promote connected learning and 21st century skills among today’s digital youth.
Dr. Katie Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, and a founding member and Co-Director of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between technology and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Dr. Davis holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.