10am Digital Literacy Training Fundamentals for Library Staff: A Recipe for Success
Digital literacy is not just for our library visitors and community. It’s also for library staff. Having the ability to access and effectively use technology in its many forms and on its many platforms in order to find, evaluate, interpret, curate and share information is what we do in the library world and it’s what makes us better than Google’s search engine. Come to this workshop to learn the fundamentals of effective digital literacy training.
Mark Glisson is the Technology Librarian at the Hooksett Library where he offers weekly classes and workshops on the latest tech trends, and also provides one-on-one tech support to library patrons, often averaging between 40-50 monthly sessions. His passion is to help others connect to the world of information, making it accessible, private, and safe with the tools of both existing and emerging technologies.
11:15am Project LIFT Hillsboro Adult Learner Services
Project Lift offers free, confidential, one-to-one and small group instruction to adults in Hillsborough and surrounding towns who wish to improve their basic skills, learn English as a second language (ESL), or prepare for the high school equivalency exam (now called HiSET). Volunteers from the community are recruited, trained and matched with each student. The tutor and student work together to identify individual educational goals and to plan learning activities. Instruction occurs at the libraries in Antrim, Bennington, Peterborough, Hillsborough and the LIFT classroom.
Trish Bush, Project LIFT director
1:30pm READS member meeting/Award of Excellence
2pm Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences, and Rise.
This brief session will provide library professionals with tips to teach library users how to critically look at and analyze digital, television, and print media resources. Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation, the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases, the role of technology in fake news, and highlight resources to help verify images and stories.
Martin Gagnon, (La Salle University, 1997) was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and a full-time reporter in New Hampshire. After reporting for many years, he entered the library information field and was the Director of the Rangeley Public Library. In 2013, he became Head of Adult Services at the Auburn Public Library. When the library was awarded a national grant in 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library and Sun JournalEditor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in Media Literacy at Your Library, a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners. The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News. In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library. Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications of misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website, www.themediasavvycitizen.org. He has recently become a Certified Health Information Specialist by the Medical Library Association and is developing workshops on evaluating health claims and reports.