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Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators Paperback – June 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1555706678 ISBN-10: 1555706673 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555706673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555706678
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edited by a reference librarian and Web administrator at Rutgers University and an associate professor–librarian at Rider University who co-leads the Library Instruction Program and serves as reference collection development librarian, this work brings together writings by 26 librarians and educators at colleges and universities across the U.S. to facilitate thoughtful planning for teaching Generation M in the college library. Separated into three sections, the volume begins with chapters defining Generation M and the meaning of the term literacy. The second section defines the culture of Generation M and the technologies it encounters. The final section focuses on best educational practices, theories, and applications to assist the librarian or other educator in serving this new population of students while not forgetting the older populations. This is a valuable addition to any academic library collection. --Sara Marcus


"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 & User Services Quarterly, Summer 2010

"An excellent addition to professional collections and 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, February 2010

"Great for librarians and teachers who work with young adults....Consult this book." --VOYA, December 2009

"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, March 2010

"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, January 2010

"The editors of this publication have brought together a collection of authors, who have composed compelling arguments, definitions, and theories about Generation M...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, January 2010

"Editors Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic...and Robert J. Lackie...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, Spring 2010

"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..." --The Australian Library Journal, August 2010

"A team of experts define Gen Ms...and looks at the cultures surrounding them--social networking, services like YouTube and Google, video games, webcomics, and more. Also discussed are ways to engage Gen M learners by making new technology part of their educational experience." --American Libraries, October 2009

"A team of experts define Gen M...and looks at the cultures surrounding them--social networking, services like YouTube and Google, video games, webcomics, and more. Also discussed are ways to engage Gen M learners by making new technology part of their educational experience." --American Libraries, October 2009

"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…There are plenty of books written to help librarians and educators learn about the tools and toys preferred by Generation M...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, 210

"A team of experts define Gen Ms…and looks at the cultures surrounding them--social networking, services like YouTube and Google, video games, webcomics, and more. Also discussed are ways to engage Gen M learners by making new technology part of their educational experience." --American Libraries, October 2009

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I really found this book to be so lucid that is was refreshing. Who would have thought that a teacher/librarian manual about members of Gen M (high school and college students) could be so entertaining to read from the layman's perspective? On a simple, primal level, what makes it so appealing to me is reading what's on a variety of educators' minds, especially since as a student worker I have worked with professors/librarians for several years and am now considering a career as one. These educators/authors may merely appear recitative, but when they cut loose, they do they have things to say! They don't really focus so much on extolling or decrying the growing adherence to technology, especially with regard to research, although many chapters discuss it. Rather, I believe that Teaching Generation M has to do with how to properly facilitate learning in a technological/digital age. That's why it's a fantastic book for everyone concerned.
In addition, I think that Teaching Generation M is interesting because it's subtly addressed to all readers, including members of Gen Media, like myself, which is just another form of bridging the gap, something I try to do with my Cineaste reviews. This book is well done!
See my detailed September 2009 review post at my Plastic Quality: Musings on the Arts Blogger blog under: "It's all in the subtleties--a teacher's manual that is trying to make a difference: A review of the new book Teaching Generation M by a member of Gen M" Visit my blog for other reviews later this semester--thanks!

-- David A. Brown, Rider University English major, with a concentration in Cinema Studies; and Editorial Intern for Cineaste Magazine: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema; and a proud member of Generation M(edia)
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