Preliminary Conference Agenda

Papers 8: Supporting Communities Through Public Libraries and Infrastructure
Monday, 01/Apr/2019:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Rachel Ivy Clarke, Syracuse University
Location: 0101


Intentionality, Interactivity, and Community: A Conceptual Framework for Professional Development in Children’s Librarianship

J E. Mills1, K. Campana2

1University of Washington, United States of America; 2Kent State University, United States of America

Public libraries are increasingly being recognized as community anchors, sites of crucial and significant informal learning for children and families. Within children’s services, early literacy storytimes are perceived as a mainstay of public library programming. That said, there is increasing pres-sure on both formal and informal prekindergarten learning environments to significantly improve the literacy skills in young children. Moreover, there is an expansion of library programs being designed to incorporate early lit-eracy research. It is important for storytime providers to have a conceptual understanding of the purpose for the work they do. And yet they often lack a sufficient understanding of how to support learning for young children. Project VIEWS2, through its quasi-experimental intervention, provided a research-based framework—intentionality, interactivity, and community--that can support the work that storytime providers do to support children and families through early learning-rich storytime programs in the public library. Follow-up interviews and a survey of VIEWS2 participant sto-rytime providers demonstrates the impact of this framework in the field, through discussion of intentional and interactive practice and the effects of community on sustaining and growing the work storytime providers do to serve their communities.

The Role of Community Data in Helping Public Libraries Reach and Serve Underserved Communities

K. Campana1, J. E. Mills2, M. H. Martin2

1Kent State University, United States of America; 2University of Washington, United States of America

Public libraries have recognized that children and families in underserved communities, who often need their services the most, are not coming into the library due to a variety of barriers. To reach and serve these children and families, libraries have been taking their programs and services out into community locations to meet families where they are. To do this effectively libraries need to collect data on these community groups to better understand their needs. Project LOCAL, an IMLS-funded grant that explored how libraries are going out into their communities to reach and serve families in underserved communities, found that libraries are collecting community data from a variety of sources to understand the needs of their communities. Furthermore, the libraries are using this community need data in the planning and development of their programs and services offered to these families.

Participatory Development of an Open Source Broadband Measurement Platform for Public Libraries

C. Rhinesmith1, C. Ritzo2, G. Bullen2, J. Werle3, A. Gamble1

1Simmons University, United States of America; 2Open Technology Institute, New America, United States; 3Internet2, United States

Public libraries need access to reliable, automated, and longitudinal data on the speed and quality of service of their broadband Internet connections. Having such data at a local, granular level is essential for libraries to under-stand how their broadband infrastructure can meet their communities’ digital demands, as well as inform local, state, and national broadband planning efforts in the U.S. This paper contributes a participatory research methodology and an information system design proposal to investigate how public libraries can utilize broadband measurement tools to achieve these goals. The purpose of the research is to assist public libraries in gaining a better understanding of the relationship between their network infrastructure and digital services. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the expected findings from our project, which builds upon existing research that examined how broadband measurement tools can be utilized in public schools.

Rural Broadband and Advanced Manufacturing: Research Implications for Information Studies

S. H. Oh, M. A. Mardis

Florida State Unviersity, United States of America

Advanced manufacturing (AM) is a key driver of the U.S. economy. It is also crucial in building U.S. competitiveness to strengthening the scientific and engi-neering enterprise and providing transformative science and technology solutions. In AM, an essential affordance of those technologies is broadband connectivity. Broadband technology will be a key enabler to successful U.S. competition with increasingly customized products aimed at increasingly segmented markets the re-ly on Internet-enabled “smart” production. However, our review of policy and re-search suggests that little is known about the extent to which the broadband envi-ronment in the United States is able to support and enable AM. In this paper, we will explore rural communities’ AM readiness. Specifically, we will provide a brief review of literature relating to the centrality of broadband Internet to AM; the state of broadband in rural communities; and the potential for AM transform rural communities. We will conclude with promising directions for research. Tak-en together, this paper will offer several promising directions for further investi-gation into the relationship between broadband and advanced manufacturing in rural communities.