Access to Information

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Overview: 

Those working on earning this badge will gain skills in assessing the information needs of teens in a mobile environment.

To earn the badge the learner will go through each of the steps including:

  • Reading about information access in a digital and mobile world.
  • Talking with teens about their information gathering in a mobile world
  • Planning for a library program that helps teens to gain mobile/digital skills.
  • Trying out the plan with a group of teens
  • Creating a presentation for colleagues, community members, or administrators on helping teens learn digital/mobile skills.

If at any time in the process of working on a badge you need help on developing your badge project materials, see our screencasts on the Help page of the site.

Goals: 
  • To give badge earners the chance to learn about the information seeking needs of teens in a mobile environment.
  • To give badge earners the chance to consider what makes mobile information seeking needs different than traditional information seeking needs.
  • To give badge earners the chance to develop a program that supports mobile information seeking needs.
Tech required: 

Google Drive apps. You will develop Google Docs and Presentations as a part of earning this badge and link to each of the items you create when you are ready to submit your badge for review and feedback. (A getting started with Google Apps screencast is available.)

Steps: 
  • As you work on the steps in this badge earning process remember to consult the badge rubric and keep in mind the requirements of the rubric and how to create a set of high-quality project materials.

  • Read the YALSAblog post Stupid Smart Phones: Digital Literacy and Mobile Devices

  • Read Mobile Information Literacy: a preliminary outline of information behavior in a mobile environment.

  • Talk with at least five teens about how they use mobile devices to learn about topics of interest - either academic or personal. You may want to talk with teens one-on-one or in one or more small groups. In order to get a good perspective work towards talking with teens that aren't traditional library users as well as those that are. You might go into schools, community centers, and so on in order to talk with teens for this project. As a part of the conversation ask teens to show you how they use devices in this way. You can review sample questions on the linked Google Doc.

  • Following the conversation with teens write an overview of the discussion that you had with teens and when all of your materials for this badge are collected, post that overview as a part of your badge earning materials. You an access a template for your overview in the linked Google Doc.

  • Based on the discussion with teens select a topic or program that you would like to develop in order to help teens gain mobile information skills. For example, if the public library and school library work together on helping teens learn to use digital research tools a mobile component could be added to that. Or, if the library sponsors a manga program for teens a mobile research component could be added to that. Develop a plan for integrating mobile information seeking skills into the program selected. Create a program plan that supports your idea and be ready to add it to the items you make available as a part of the badge earning process. You can view a template for this program plan on the linked Google Doc.

  • Try out the plan for integrating mobile information seeking skills learning with at least five teens. As you try it out consider what is working well, what isn’t so successful, and how you would make changes. After you try out the plan write a reflection of your experience and be ready to add it to the items that you post as a part of this badge earning project. You can use the template provided on the linked Google Doc for your reflection.

  • Complete the badge-earning process by producing a presentation geared to teachers, colleagues, administrators and/or parents on why it’s important to support teen information seeking in the mobile environment and how what you developed supports that need. Once the presentation is complete you can add a link to it, along with the other badge earning components above and submit for review. You can use the template on the linked Google Presentation file to get started with your presentation.

  • Before submitting the materials you created for review by the badge earning community, remember to consult the badge rubric and keep in mind the requirements of the rubric and how to create a set of high-quality project materials.