ConnectedLib is helping librarians incorporate digital media into their work with youth to promote connections across learning contexts. Faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland collaborated with public libraries to create the ConnectedLib Toolkit, a suite of free and customizable professional development resources that support librarians in their efforts to leverage new media technologies and promote youth’s connected learning experiences in libraries. The interview protocol featured here was used in interviews with youth-serving public library professionals across the United States to assess their use of technology, familiarity with connected learning, and challenges faced when implementing youth programming at their libraries. We used the themes that emerged from this research to identify module topics and content for the ConnectedLib Toolkit. The toolkit is available at: https://connectedlib.github.io/
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Interview protocol used with Youth Librarians to map the technology and programming in their branch.