Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators

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Working with and devising quality educational resources for “Generation M” – today’s group of teens and young adults born in the early 1980s through the mid 1990s – can be a challenge for librarians and instructors who may not relate well to their multitasking, technophile students. Cvetkovic (named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal) and Lackie (the 2006 recipient of the ALA Kenneth Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship) answer the core questions you’ll need to facilitate new and powerful learning opportunities for your Gen M audience, including:

• Who are the members of Gen M?
• What is their shared cultural experience and how does it influence learning?
• How can librarians and educators best meet this cohort’s educational requirements?

Cvetkovic, Lackie and their contributors debunk common myths and misconceptions about this unique generation to provide a realistic understanding of their instructional needs and learning styles. You’ll find a comprehensive introduction and overview of Gen M, including key term definitions, background information, and a clear idea of the scope of issues facing educators charged with teaching and working with this age group. A section on the emergent digital community inherent to Gen M examines the personal, sociological, and educational implications and impact on future pedagogy. The authors cover popular online tools like Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Google, many of which play a large role in Gen M information retrieval, and also address key educational theories and provide instruction for creating lessons and learning objects that can be used in both traditional and online educational environments. Examples of current best practices are provided along with corresponding instruction for designing and implementing them in your library or classroom.

Specifically geared toward librarians, media specialists and educators of all types, this much–needed guidebook offers unprecedented insight and instruction that will help you succeed at the head of this distinctive young class.

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic is Reference Librarian and Web Administrator at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey. Her other books include Scholarly Resources for Children and Childhood Studies: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography. She has also published in various refereed journals and library and information science publications. At present, she is Chair of the Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, and an Associate of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2005.

Robert J. Lackie

Robert J. Lackie is Associate Professor-Librarian at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where he co-leads the Library Instruction Program and serves as Reference Collection Development Librarian. Since 1998, Robert has provided hundreds of teacher-librarian seminars, presented frequently at conferences, and published in various professional books and periodicals, in addition to serving for four years as Rider University's first Faculty-in-Residence. For his teaching, writing, and service to the profession, he was chosen as "2004 New Jersey Librarian of the Year," was a recipient of the "2004 Rider University Award for Distinguished Teaching," granted the 2006 ALA "Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship," and was selected for inclusion within recent editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in the World.

"What makes this book unique is the consistent attempts to connect theory and practice in order to provide strategies that can be employed to teach this generation more effectively ... Teaching Generation M is the only one to focus on connecting this generation's media habits, preferred information sources, and learning styles to recommended pedagogies for supporting the acquisition of the multiple literacies required by the twenty-first century."

--Serials Review

"This is a useful book for any library's professional collection, especially those libraries in which working with the younger generation, those still at school, is high on the agenda. If you have a member of Gen M at home, you will recognise at least some of the content of this book. If you have or if you haven't, read on ..."
--Australian Library Journal

"[The editors] have proved to be an excellent team. They have assembled an able group of contributors to this volume, established a format for each chapter that includes an introduction and extensive list of references, and provided an insightful introduction and conclusion to the work."
--Education Libraries

"After examining this handbook, the importance of understanding Generation M and learning how to engage them will not be lost upon the reader."
--Journal of Academic Librarianship

"School and academic librarians--particularly those who feel lost in or unsure about the rapidly changing landscape of social media and interactive technology--will find this an elucidating and even comforting book that provides practical strategies and a philosophical basis for embracing the world of 'generation M.'"
--Library Journal

"Teaching Generation M paints a broad picture of the way people are using technology to modify the natural world, of the way these human modifications are changing our children's perception and understanding of the world, and of how librarians and educations can begin--and to an extent have begun--to adjust their pedagogy so that teaching and learning are relevant to our children's technologically altered existence ... a valuable resource for educators to read and discuss."
--References and User Services Quarterly

"Expansive and eclectic ... to those struggling to understand and relate to the Millennial Generation, those curious as to their preferences and passions, and those trying to teach (reach) them using every pedagogical possibility, this handbook will provide an informational and instructive resource."
--Catholic Library World

"Should be required reading for high school and college librarians who serve today's high-tech young adults ... This text will help them speak the language and provide meaningful and relevant experiences for young adults. The book should be mandatory reading for pre-service librarians and educators who will impact the young adults with whom they come into contact."
--School Library Journal

"These standalone essays work well together to create a firm grounding in awareness of the concerns of and about this group of young people along with the tools to work with them successfully and comfortably while maintaining job security."

"This is a valuable addition to any academic library collection."

"Great for librarians and teachers who work with young adults ... Consult this book."
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