Social Contexts of New Media Literacy: Mapping Libraries

Elizabeth Thorne Wallington


The development and diffusion of new media and digital technologies has profoundly affected the literacy experiences of today’s youth.  Young people today develop literacy through a variety of new media and digital technologies (Ito et al, 2009).  The dissemination of these resources has also allowed for youth to have literacy-rich experiences in an array of different settings.  This paper will explore how mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) can help illuminate the cultural and social factors related to how, and where, students access and use new media literacies and digital technology.  Libraries play an important role in encouraging new media literacy development; yet access to libraries must be understood through social and cultural contexts.

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