Building community partnerships through online digital literacy workshops

Do you provide digital and information literacy instruction that could be disseminated to a broader community? Are you interested in building a robust and cohesive digital literacy curriculum? If so, this session is for you. Digital Matters Librarian Rebekah Cummings will share her experiences at the University of Utah partnering with the College of Education to disseminate online digital literacy training to 7-12 grade teachers. In this session, we will discuss the initial needs assessment, building community partnerships, creating a digital literacy curriculum, and the unexpected benefits of deploying that content online. This interactive session will explore how the instructors mixed practical digital literacy skills such as podcast production and video essays with relevant digital literacy concepts such as misinformation, digital citizenship, and ethical use of online sources. Engage in exercises used with the teachers such as online investigative journalism and an interactive game designed to gather social media followers. Be challenged to consider how they can unlock their own ivory towers to disseminate digital and information literacy to their communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will understand digital literacy concepts and interactive methods for teaching digital literacy online and in-person.
  • Participants will consider how they can use existing expertise and relationships at their institutions to provide digital literacy workshops and training to their broader communities.
  • Participants will learn about a case study at the University of Utah where a digital humanities librarian partnered with the College of Education and College of Humanities to provide digital literacy workshops for 7-12 grade teachers.

Who Should Attend

Academic instruction, outreach, or digital scholarship librarians who are interested in creating and disseminating information and digital literacy to a broader audience.


Rebekah Cummings is the Digital Matters Librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library where she facilitates digital scholarship through consultation, teaching, and project development services.  Prior to working for the Marriott Library, Rebekah was the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library, one of the inaugural service hubs for the Digital Public Library of America. Rebekah’s primary research interests are digital humanities, data management, and intellectual property. 


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2-5 15%
6-9 25%
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Tech Requirements

ACRL Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 


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