Digital Literacy Project: Creative Community Outreach

The Digital Literacy Project is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre through which it fosters positive digital citizenship and engages people in creative new media production. Since 2007 the staff have worked with 60 partner organizations and schools through which more than 3,100 individuals of all ages and stages from 6 to 96 have  participated.

During 2017 the library is  conducting the project  Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th. Coordinator Eric Craven is working with several community partners including Saint Columba House, James Lyng High School, Trafalgar School for Girls, Concordia University, and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT), supporting a variety of video options.

The program has  recently  completed a  successful project that harnessed and supplemented the skills of seniors to mentor their contemporaries on culling and sharing belongings and information for the benefit of future generations. Participants shared their experiences and displayed their accomplishments a special Seniors Media Day held on March 17t.

In fall 2016 the project partnered with Concordia University’s Department of Theatre for the fifth year  with students in a Theatre course The Artist in Residence.  In addition Concordia graduate students worked with “The Right to the City: Cross-Disciplinary Pedagogy and the Politics of Montreal’s South-West.” The project connected the students to the library’s  community partners and helped them create an online digital reflection of their experiences through social media, video and photography.

In November 2016  Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven presented about his role connecting theatre students with community groups at the Concordia University event Teaching in Community: How can we encourage reciprocity in learning?

For more information, contact Digital Literacy Project Coordinator Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

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