Same Issues, Different Contexts: Digital Literacy in Schools, Libraries, and Housing

Problem Statement

This session will help attendees understand the needs of digital learners in a variety of community contexts.

Librarians, educators, and nonprofit staff often see the same individuals in their programs, but in completely different contexts. Context is important and can determine what strategies and programs are introduced. Learn how to engage digital learners in a community context from an educator, librarian, and digital fellow in a housing authority.

This panel will facilitate a discussion and small group work on how we can all better understand each other’s contexts and work together.

Shauna Edson
Salt Lake City Public Library
Digital Inclusion Fellow
Shauna Edson is one of two Digital Inclusion Fellows at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Her interest in digital inclusion stems from over four years of teaching, facilitating writing workshops and groups, coordinating volunteers, connecting with community partners, and working in traditional and digital literacies with the diverse communities that make up the Wasatch Front. She addresses concerns such as education without appropriation, accessibility, managing difficult conversations, and communication. Shauna is currently working toward a MS in communication with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition at the University of Utah. When Shauna is not on the trail, snow, or water, she lives in downtown Salt Lake City with her two boys and dog.

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
Digital Respons-Ability
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is an information professional, instructor, writer, event planner and digital and STEM advocate. She has led and collaborated across sectors in government, academia, nonprofit and business. She has years of experience in curriculum development and is a member of the Utah Instructional Materials Commission. Carrie is passionate about providing access and opportunities for all and was the 2013 Utah Librarian of the Year, NACo Innovation Award winner and a Red Cross “Community Hero” for her projects with diverse populations. Carrie founded Digital Respons-Ability on those passions and principles: that by working across sectors and being open to innovation, we can improve access to all.

Stacy Vincent
Salt Lake County Library Services

Stacy is a public librarian and former NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow who is passionate about many types of literacy, but especially digital and health information literacy. She has worked with volunteers, refugees, the homeless, and community leaders to promote literacy in the community.

Jamie Littlefield
United Way of Utah County
Digital Inclusion Fellow
Jamie Littlefield is a teacher, instructional designer, and community activist. She earned a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University, a program dedicated to reaching students in underserved communities. She later taught English in tech-enriched courses at Utah Valley University. As an instructional designer, she developed the school’s online English 1010 curriculum. Jamie curates a Little Free Library in the front yard of her Provo home and loves to explore the city from the seat of her blue bicycle.