Month: July 2017

Forthcoming Publications

We are excited to announce two forthcoming publications. We hope that you’ll put these on your reading list.  Once you have a chance to read these, we would love to hear your comments!

  • Learning from our community – using an assessment tool to meet patrons at the point of need. A chapter in a collection tentatively scheduled for Spring 2018 entitled Tech For All. Amy Honisett, Public Training Librarian at the Multnomah County Library, is the lead author.

Multnomah County Library is dedicated to meeting our patrons at their points of need. In order to understand the changing needs of our community, the library strives to understand how people use technology and to identify modes of support that will help patrons use of technology for enjoyment and to improve their lives. To do this, we partnered with researchers to examine adult patrons’ digital problem solving skills. This three year effort, funded by a grant from the IMLS, explored and analyzed skills, strategies and dispositions involved in digital problem solving.

  • From Digital Literacies to Digital Problem Solving: Expanding Technology-rich Learning Opportunities for Adults. Tyler Frank, Graduate Assistant at the University of Arizona and Adult Education Instructor at Pima Community College, is the lead author.  The article will be coming out later this summer in the COABE Journal (Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education).
We review four articles full of suggestions and resources regarding how to move beyond an exclusive focus on digital skills to foster digital problem solving among learners. We note specific recommendations that the authors give for settings ranging from digital skills classes to classes for English language learners. All of the authors emphasized that tasks need to move beyond skill and drill toward problem solving in meaningful settings for the learners.