Film, Media and Digital Literacy in Academic Libraries

Join us for a free online webinar on Monday, October 21 at 9 AM EST
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Some cutting-edge work is now occurring in academic libraries as librarians help students, staff and faculty appreciate and create audiovisual media in ways that advance digital and media literacy competencies. As the ALA initiative on media literacy in public libraries advances, this webinar showcases the work of three academic librarians with expertise in film, media and digital literacy. Some questions will guide our inquiry:

  • How do you support the film, media and digital literacy competencies of learners, staff and faculty?
  • What is an example of a particularly effective program, initiative or service that you are most proud of?
  • What ongoing challenges do you face? What challenges lie ahead for the field as a whole?
  • What insights have you gained as a result of doing this work? What advice can you offer others in higher education with interests in film, digital and media literacy?


Scott Spicer is associate librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries (Twin Cities) He currently serves as Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian and functions as head of the Library Media Services program, with primary responsibilities including outreach to instructors on the development and support for course integration of student-produced media assignments and commercial educational media resources. Spicer has studied, published, and presented on a diverse range of media-related topics in higher education, including the benefits and library support of student produced media, educational media resources, media literacy skill set development, and multimodal scholarship. Specifically, the emergence of video abstracts in science scholarly communication. Spicer received his MLIS from Dominican University and his MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Learning Technologies program) from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).

Julia Feerrar is Head, Digital Literacy Initiatives at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech where she also serves as the liaison librarian for the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Her current work revolves around the intersection of digital and information literacies, digital wellness, and approaches to developing campus collaborations for literacy programs. Julia received her MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill in 2014.




Jason Evans Groth is a Digital Media Librarian at NCSU Libraries. As part of the Learning Spaces and Services department he helps to support the eleven audio and video production suites and several other high-tech creative multimedia spaces. He earned his MIS/MLS from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in May of 2013. At IU he was the graduate assistant for the Media Preservation Initiative from 2012- 2013, an Assistant Archivist at the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive from 2010-2013, the graduate assistant for the Digital Library Program at IU from 2011-2012, and a teaching assistant for the classes "The History of Rock and Roll: 70s and 80s," "History of the Beach Boys," "History of Frank Zappa," "History of the Blues," and "History of Jimi Hendrix." From 2001-2010 he toured the world as a guitar player and with many bands and artists, including Magnolia Electric Co, Jens Lekman, and The Impossible Shapes.


Moderator: Renee Hobbs


Free Online Webinar: Film, Media and Digital Literacy in Academic Libraries