ALA Unit/Subunit: YALSA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Data literacy is a new area of education in the public library. Although many have advocated for the education of a data literate population, there is little consensus on what such educational programs should look like, particularly those in the area of informal learning. This program presents the Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library project, which explored how libraries can help teens gain an understanding of the data life cycle, including the processes involved in data creation, collection, and aggregation with networked devices, platforms, and information services as well as their rights in a data-driven society. The project field-tested a series of data literacy workshops with teen services librarians and youth at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. We present here some of the lessons learned about teen engagement with data at the public library as well concrete examples of data-oriented activities.