Power Lines: Connecting with Teens in Urban Communities Through Media Literacy

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Foreword by Belinha S. De Abreu; Preface by Chance Lewis

Helping readers understand the challenges and barriers faced by teens in urban communities, this one-of-a-kind resource offers real-world recommendations, case studies, and experience-based programmatic solutions for fostering crucial media literacy skills.

Information and digital literacies are essential skills to survive and thrive in today’s media-saturated world. But minoritized and economically disadvantaged youth in urban communities often lack these critical media literacy competencies. Offering a multi-faceted perspective, this book guides those who serve teens in libraries towards implementing innovative and transformative learning experiences. Librarians and YA specialists who serve urban youth in public, school, and academic libraries will

  • gain insight on how factors such as lack of information and communication technology proficiency, inadequate technology and internet access, and instructional inequity place urban teens at high risk for media and informational illiteracy;
  • receive hands-on and strategic guidance for connecting successfully with and creating spaces for teens in urban communities, illustrated through teen reflections, narratives from librarians and educators across the US, and voices from scholars in the field;
  • learn about several successful media literacy programs that have been implemented in libraries and communities, from Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech to youth podcasting, a zine club, Black Girls Film Camp, and others; and
  • find a toolkit of additional resources such as handout templates, sample lesson plans, and information about books and websites.

Foreword, by Belinha S. De Abreu
Preface, by Chance W. Lewis
Acknowledgments, by Jimmeka Anderson and Kelly Czarnecki 
Introduction: Remembering the Why, by Jimmeka Anderson

Part I        Having an “Empire State of Mind” with Teen Programming
Chapter 1    The Train Has Arrived: Understanding Their World, Jimmeka Anderson

  • Teen Reflection: Bereket Temesgen
  • Voices from the Field: Jeff Share
  • Voices from the Field: Jayne Cubbage

Chapter 2    It Never Sleeps: The Current State of Teens and Media, Abby Kiesa

  • Teen Reflection: Alasia Hicks
  • Voices from the Field: Merve Lapus
  • Voices from the Field: Brittany N. Anderson

Chapter 3    Flashing Lights: What Is Media Literacy? Donnell Probst and Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

  • Teen Reflection: Kaella Racshenberg
  • Voices from the Field: Theresa Redmond

Chapter 4    Road Closed, Detour Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities in Serving Urban Teens in Libraries , Kelly Czarnecki

  • Teen Reflection: Zakariyah Hanif
  • Voices from the Field: Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
  • Voices from the Field: Jasmine McNeil

Chapter 5    Under Construction: Creating Space and Relationships for Media Literacy, Jimmeka Anderson and Kelly Czarnecki

  • Teen Reflection: Matthew Rosa
  • Voices from the Field: Natasha Casey

Chapter 6    Power Lines: Empowering Teens Who Have Been Disempowered through Partnerships, R. Alan Berry

  • Teen Reflection: Jeneva Claiborne
  • Teen Reflection: Maia McElvane
  • Voices from the Field: Nygel D. White
  • Voices from the Field: Elis Estrada

Part II        Straight Outta the Library
Chapter 7    Traffic JAMS: Music and Podcasting

  • 7.1    Media Literacy and Community Connection: A Profile of Virginia Tech’s “Digging in the Crates” Hip Hop Studies Program, La’ Portia J. Perkins, Jasmine Weiss, Jonathan Kabongo, Frederick Paige, and Craig Arthur
  • 7.2    Let Your Voice Be Heard: Create Podcasting Programming for Your Library, Lauren Kratz Prushko
  • 7.3    Podcasting the Possibilities, Molly Dettmann

Chapter 8    City Blue PRINTS: Books and Print Literature

  • 8.1    Alt RA: Looking beyond Books in Readers’ Advisory, Heather Love Beverley and Cyndi Hamann
  • 8.2    The Education of Blacks in Charlotte, An Online Youth Exhibition, Pamela McCarter and Jimmeka Anderson
  • 8.3    The Zine Club, Liz Allen, Nicole Rambo, and Kristine Tanzi

Chapter 9    SCREEN Doors: TV, Film, and Broadcasting

  • 9.1    Girls Rock Film Camp: The Future of Film, Lonna Vines
  • 9.2    Keepin’ It Reel: Black Girls Film Camp, Deneen Dixon-Payne and Jimmeka Anderson
  • 9.3    Girls on the Beat @ the Charleston County Public Library, Darcy Coover

Chapter 10    Bridges, Tunnels, and City CONNECTIONS: Social Media, Information, and News Literacy

  • 10.1    The Journalistic Learning Initiative, Ed Madison, Ross Anderson, and Rachel Guldin
  • 10.2    An Introductory Lesson Plan in News Media Literacy for YA Librarians, Michael A. Spikes
  • 10.3    Analyzing the News through Infographics, Mark J. Davis

Chapter 11    City Zip CODES and Community PLAYgrounds: Tech, Gaming, and Coding

  • 11.1    Dewey and Dragons (Dungeons and Dragons for Teens): Connecting Teens with Technology at the Library, Laura Vallejo, Jamey Rorie, and Chris Spradlin
  • 11.2    Boston Public Library: Teen Technology Mentor Program, Brianne Skywall and Christopher Jacobs
  • 11.3    The Beauty of S.T.E.M., Shimira Williams and Andrea McNeil
  • 11.4    Blissful Coding Club, Anusha Bansal and Maisy Card
  • 11.5    After-School Coding and Technology Clubs, Ally Doerman and Pamela Jayne

Conclusion: The Take-a-Ways
Appendix: Collection of Resources for Continued Learning
About the Contributors

Jimmeka Anderson

Jimmeka Anderson received her Ph.D. in Urban Education and is an author, media literacy educator, advisor, and consultant for several national organizations such as the American Library Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, New America, US Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, and WestEd. Currently, she serves as a Project Manager for the Cyber Citizenship Initiative with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). She is the creator of the Black Girls Film Camp and the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. Jimmeka has been featured in WIRED Magazine, the Washington Post, on NPR 1A, and in the recently released Trust Me documentary in Fall 2020.

Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is the teen library manager at the ImaginOn branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She also served as the 2021–2022 president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Czarnecki has developed, implemented, and managed new library programs serving the Charlotte Mecklenburg community in North Carolina. Some of her programs have earned national recognition from YALSA. She has also contributed extensively to the literature on teens and libraries, particularly with technology as a focus. Czarnecki earned both MSLIS and EdM degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has also worked for more than twenty years with people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered.

"The writers’ tone is both personal and conversationally professional ... All librarians can benefit from the book’s insights and practices; the media literacy lens is particularly relevant now.”
— Booklist