MmIT 2015 Annual General Meeting
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Free event starting with lunch and ending with seasonal Christmas and New Year refreshments
“What is the library’s role in digital citizenship?"
Digital citizenship is a term often used to describe how people acquire and use their digital and online skills and experiences in order to further achieve and develop in their personal, professional and social roles. Similarly, the expression ‘digital literacy’ is now often used to describe the literacies and understanding of digital and online information, knowledge and communications platforms. This encompasses a vast array of online tools, platforms and interactions, from being able to fill in forms online to taking responsibility in social media use, from searching for online scholarly information to being able to produce multimedia resources.
In our roles as citizens, we are continually developing and using our digital skills and digital literacies in order to navigate this ever expanding digital landscape. Libraries, often located at the heart of the community which they serve, have traditionally had information searching and information literacy missions and continue to play a key role in citizenship development. But what is their role in ‘digital’ citizenship?
The Multimedia, Information and Technology Group is proud to present our 2015 AGM seminar on this very topic. Join us at this free event to hear a series of inspiring talks about different aspects of digital citizenship:
Helen Milner - Chief Executive of the Tinder Foundation
'Why libraries are vital to closing the digital divide'
Abstract: There are 12.6 million people in the UK without basic digital skills, who are missing out on opportunities to save money, connect with friends and family, learn more about their hobbies and much more. Not only that, but they’re also becoming excluded from accessing basic services - like being able to apply for jobs, find health information, or access other government services.
The Tinder Foundation are great believers in the huge benefits of the Internet and the social value of the Internet for someone with low digital skills. Through its network of community partners the Tinder Foundation has supported over 1.6 million people to improve their digital skills since 2010, and learners have gone on to realise a range of benefits, from ordering prescriptions online, applying for and securing jobs, and setting up their own businesses. Helen's talk will cover much of this work and what part libraries can play in aiding it.
Ian Clark .- Radical Librarians Collective
The digital divide in the post-Snowden era
Abstract: In 2013, Edward Snowden exposed a range of revelations that have provided us with a welcome opportunity to re-evaluate our relationship with the Internet. Traditionally conceived as a place to seek information, the Internet has increasingly become a place where personal data is harvested by both government agencies and corporate entities. The revelations resulted in IFLA releasing a Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment that recommends that library and information services should respect and advance privacy both at the level of practice and as a principle. Previously, the digital divide has been seen in terms of access and general skills, but the Snowden revelations have revealed another aspect of the digital divide: the privacy divide. Ian’s talk seeks to understand the nature of this divide, who it affects, how the divide manifests itself and how it is being tackled.
Andy Tattersall - Information Specialist - The University of Sheffield
Is it the responsibility of the academy to teach digital citizenship to students?
Abstract: There are over two million students in higher education and the majority are actively engaged in digital technology from social media to mobile technologies. Whilst being adept at using these technologies little consideration is given to how they can be leveraged to shape a professional career after graduating. Whilst issues around ethics, privacy and security are rarely considered, they are increasingly relevant. Is it the duty of the academy to help students manage a better professional online persona, or do we risk teaching them to suck eggs?
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