rusq: Vol. 52 Issue 2: p. 161
Sources: Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children and Teens
Melanie Wachsmann

Reference/Teen Librarian, Lone Star College, CyFair Branch, Cypress, Texas

Conducting technology programming for children and teens is not always easy. This book starts at the very beginning with information about why technology programs in libraries are important. This is helpful for librarians who wish to gain support for embarking on a technology program. One useful section of the book focuses on ways to do effective marketing, find time and staff to implement programs, and work with information technology staff to procure hardware and software. Preparing a space and selecting equipment are also covered. The authors highlight a free technology program, Scratch, and use it in their sample plans and project templates, which includes screen shots for learning how to use the program.

This book is great for librarians who want to implement technology programs in their libraries. Although it focuses mainly on public libraries, it could also be helpful for school librarians who want to offer something new to their students. Most importantly, the authors provide information about how Scratch integrates literacy into the technology program and the learning outcomes, which makes it more educational than simply playing on a computer. Although this reviewer would have liked to see more examples of different programs that fit under the “technology and literacy” umbrella, several different types of programs can be taught using Scratch. The sections on planning and implementation are particularly useful for those starting a new program. Overall, this is a good resource for librarians who want to begin technology programming or are interested in giving Scratch a try.

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