Renee Hobbs offers a keynote address at the winter meeting on the Bay Area Independent School Librarians (BAISL) in San Franciso on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in talk entitled, “Transforming Education Through Digital and Media Literacy.”

She will also join a panel discussion on the “Hazards and Advantages of Digitized Information in Schools,” with Mirian Gilbert of Rosen Publishing, Debbie Abilock, President of BayNet, and Daniel Hudkins, instructional technologist at the Harker School in San Jose. Nicole Hunter and Rachel Shaw facilitate the conversation.

In her talk, Hobbs explores how varying conceptualizations of the concept of digital literacy shape both instructional practices in K-12 education and day-to-day in-home media and technology use, showing how librarians can best support the needs of teachers, learners and their families. Hobbs argues that a more precise understanding of parent and teacher motivations for digital and media literacy is essential in crafting meaningful professional development programs for educators. She will be using some video clips from the forthcoming digital media project entitled Powerful Voices for Kids, which is an online professional development program in media literacy technology integration for K-6 educators.

BAISL welcomes a limited number of BayNet members to attend the winter meeting. If interested, please contact Debbie Abilock at dabilock [at]


10-11:15a Renee Hobbs, Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island

11:15-12p Lunch

12-1:15p Panel session in dining room (extended working lunch) “Hazards and Advantages of Digitized Information in Schools”
Facilitators: Nicole Hunter and Rachel Shaw, BAISL librarians

    • Miriam Gilbert, Rosen Publishing
    • Renee Hobbs, Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island
    • Debbie Abilock, President of BayNet
    • Daniel Hudkins, Instructional Technologist, The Harker School, San Jose, CA

  (others TBA)

1:15-1:30p Wrap-up, Salem raffle awarded, thanks and transition to eBook vendor fair

1:30-3p eBook vendor fair
Attendees: Gale, ProQuest, Follett, Rosen, EBSCO, ABC-CLIO, Mackin, Rosen, InfoBase Learning