Digital and Data Literacy, Part One -- Identifying Demands on Students, Faculty and Librarians


About the Webinar

Digital literacy. Data literacy. Those are just buzz phrases. Or are they? What degree of expertise should students and faculty have in order to effectively wrangle data and/or work with digital assets? What are the basic requirements in the modern workplace or laboratory? It’s no longer a question of mastering word processing or spreadsheets. Whether it is data science or digital humanities, what enables us, what qualifies us to work with digital assets? And how do we know?

The second portion of this two part event is scheduled for September 20, 2017. Having identified gaps in understanding, this follow-up segment will feature case studies from those institutions that have assumed leadership roles in training students and faculty in emerging tools and methodologies for working with digital materials and generating new digital assets.

Part 2 of this webinar, Scholarly Digital and Data Literacy: Satisfying the Need, will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Digital Literacy for Artistic Researchers and Practitioners
Madelyn Washington
, Digital Learning Librarian, Berklee College of Music

Digital Literacy’s Faculty Demands and Needs from Faculty Perspectives
John M. Sloop
Associate Provost, Digital Learning, Vanderbilt University

Libraries' Support of Media and Data Literacy
Katy Kavanagh Webb, Head, Research & Instructional Services, East Carolina University Libraries

Event Sessions

Digital Literacy for Artistic Researchers and Practitioners


Distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, Berklee’s comprehensive curriculum demands that the students develop nuanced understandings of a data-driven music industry and born-digital intellectual property. Integral to the instructional efforts in the Stan Getz Library, the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, has informed the co-curricular developments of Berklee Librarians. Engaging with various threshold concepts and utilizing formative assessment technologies, Berklee Librarians are more clearly beginning to identify the information needs of the contemporary multi-literate performing arts scholar. This presentation will articulate an emerging understanding of knowledge practices and dispositions of contemporary music scholars and practitioners.

Digital Literacy’s Faculty Demands and Needs from Faculty Perspectives


Directed by Provost Susan Wente to get insight into faculty thoughts and concerns regarding digital literacy, I have interviewed numerous faculty throughout summer 2017. In my presentation, I will provide our working definition and discuss the ways its potential implementation—both in terms of curricular and non-curricular means—has been shaped by faculty goals, insights, and capacities. Ultimately, my discussion is an attempt to explain what faculty think is important and necessary as a campus becomes digitally literate.

Libraries' Support of Media and Data Literacy


As the purveyors of literacy on campus, the library may be centrally poised to be the location where students will come for help with data literacy projects. Libraries are coming up with innovative ways to engage students in this dialog. Some are creating data visualization labs. Others are hiring a librarian or technical staff to consult with students and faculty. This talk will be an overview of some of these innovative spaces, as well as an overview of services generally offered by libraries that build data literacy.

Additional Information

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