December 2014: M-Passioned Member Deirdre J. Morgenthaler

unnamed-181) What do you do?

I am a Library Media Technician at Castle Rock Middle School and I am working on completing my Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education and Human Development. I am also a mother of two wonderful little girls.


2) Tell me about your latest work or project in media literacy.

I am very interested in teacher perspectives about media literacy and my dissertation focuses on the professional development of teachers in the field of media literacy. This summer I will be teaching a course called Media Literacy for Educators to Master’s of Library Science and Information and Learning Technologies students.

I also sit on the Student Advisory Board for NAMLE and am excited about working on this year’s conference.


3) Why is media literacy important to you?

The need for media literacy is urgent. I think it is vitally important for children to grow up with an understanding of the powerful role that the media plays in their lives and an awareness of what the media tells them to think about, what not to think about, and the cues it gives them about their potential as human beings. Media literacy is empowering and gives kids a tool that allows them to deconstruct the messaging they receive through the media so that they will be better able to participate and contribute to society.


4) What are you most excited about in the media literacy field?

While young people have been voracious media consumers for a long time now, the ability to create media so quickly and with such ease is a significant shift for the field of media literacy. Right now in our library we are working towards building our Maker Space. We are launching a crowd-sourcing campaign in January to raise money for a collection of electronic components and a 3-D printer. I want our students to not only be mindful media consumers, but critical creators as well. We use the core concepts of media literacy as a launching point for our projects in the maker space.


5) Why did you become a NAMLE member – what benefits do you see to membership and how will it support your work?

I learned about NAMLE as a graduate student. It was, and continues to be, a great resource for my research. It is the first place I go when I am looking for people, projects, research, and organizations that inform my studies and work in the library.

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