Advocating Digital Citizenship
Resources for the Library and Classroom
by Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Amy O. Milstead, and Lindi Farris-Hill
August 2022, 177pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7889-3
$60, £47, 53€, A83
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Attain the tools you need to teach and advocate for digital citizenship.

In this down-to-earth guide, educators will learn successful strategies for embedding digital citizenship into their library and school instruction.

Digital citizenship, the ethical and responsible use of technology, is more important than ever for 21st-century learners and families—all of whom are spending increasingly long hours behind screens. Because libraries and schools are often the mediators between technology and individuals, educators must know what digital citizenship is and how they can understand, program, and promote it.

In Advocating Digital Citizenship, readers will learn from a public librarian and two current school librarians a wealth of real-life, easy-to-follow strategies to make libraries healthy, equitable, and safe digital spaces for everyone. Covering complex but important topics like digital law, digital etiquette, and media literacy, the authors help librarians and teachers establish a curriculum, write programming, and collaborate with colleagues to achieve buy-in at all levels.

Educators will benefit from a chapter dedicated to lesson plans, and a practical appendix includes digital citizenship program outlines, policy and procedure documents, and conversation prompts around technology to share with families. In our current climate, which requires so many new digital experiences for people of all ages, digital citizenship instruction is timely and essential.


  • Includes ideas, sample program outlines, and resources for librarians to bring digital citizenship to family, adult, and youth programming
  • Helps guide library policy to make the library a healthy, equitable, and safe space for everyone.
  • Includes discussions, resources, and advice on bridging the digital divide with students, teachers, parents, and the community
  • Provides librarians in both public and school environments with advice and resources for keeping their patrons safe and private on PACs, devices, and more
  • Offers curriculum guides and sample standards-based lesson plans for implementation in grades K–12
  • Offers ideas to encourage youth creativity, participatory culture, and active online citizenship
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead worked for public libraries for a decade before founding Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that works with educators, parents, and students to teach digital citizenship. Her company provides training to tens of thousands of students, parents, and educators across her state of Utah and beyond. Rogers-Whitehead is also the author of Digital Citizenship: Teaching Strategies and Practice from the Field and several academic titles, including Serving Teens and Adults with Autism: A Guide for Libraries, which was a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Reference Source award from RUSA.

Amy O. Milstead is a current high school librarian and former middle school and elementary school librarian and teacher. She has spent 17 years in public education, all with Mesquite Independent School District in the Dallas, Texas, area. Milstead has helped to create and establish library frameworks, plans, and policies around librarianship and values.

Lindi Farris-Hill is a current high school librarian and a former instructional technology coach and high school English teacher. During more than 12 years in public education with Mesquite Independent School District in Mesquite, Texas, Farris-Hill has helped shape instructional technology integration through professional learning courses, staff coaching, classroom teaching, and conference presentations. She has also helped create, author, and edit district frameworks, policies, and programming around technology, librarianship, and values.


"Good schools have classrooms and libraries; great schools have classroom teachers and librarians who work together to equip our students with essential digital citizenship skills. Carrie, Amy, and Lindi have created a powerful resource that provides clear vision and practical tools to help us move away from the looming media and information illiteracy darkness that is eroding our free society and move us toward the light of students who are informed and equipped digital citizens!"—Glen Warren, Encinitas Union School District Director of Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries

"Advocating Digital Citizenship: Resources for the Library and Classroom succeeds in its goal to help prepare librarians for being part of the digital citizenship movement and making impactful change for their patrons and students. It clearly explains what digital citizenship is all about (hint: it’s not just online safety!) and offers useful and practical ideas for programming, advocacy, and the role librarians play in digital inclusion. In this age of ever-growing/changing technology, social media, and misinformation/fake news, this skillset is even more urgent for our students to master than ever. I highly recommend this important book."—Jenny Newman, Vice President/Publisher, LibraryWorks Inc.

“This is an amazing resource that can be used by both public and school libraries. It has tons of ideas and experiences to help patrons, no matter their age, setting, or culture, be better and more informed digital citizens! I definitely plan on using it and sharing it with every librarian I know!”—Rhia Johnson, Wylie ISD Secondary Library Coordinator and Library Media Specialist at Draper Intermediate, Wylie ISD

"Advocating Digital Citizenship: Resources for the Library and Classroom is your 'one-stop shop' for anything you need to help you with planning, delivering, and assessing students on digital citizenship! As an elementary school librarian, I appreciate the depth the authors went to in showing how to develop a full Madeline Hunter lesson cycle. But, not to worry—there are also easy-to-follow lesson examples and a scope and sequence for the year to follow for every school level. This book is an invaluable resource to any school librarian. Five stars!" —Buffie Massey, Mesquite ISD Librarian

"Advocating Digital Citizenship is the book we’ve been waiting for! Timely, accurate, filled with ready-to-use lessons and ideas from those who’ve been in the trenches; it’s a great tool to put in the hands of your librarians and teachers who need to do just one more thing for the sake of their students. Every school needs a copy!"—Marnie Cushing, Coordinator of Library Media Services, Crandall ISD

"In a constantly changing digital age, Advocating Digital Citizenship: Resources for the Library and Classroom is a go-to resource that teaches public and school librarians why promoting digital citizenship is essential. This resource also offers a variety of promotional tools to prepare librarians to promote healthy digital footprints for library patrons. A variety of lesson plans across the curriculum and for all grade levels is a tool that all educators, administrators, and librarians can use to kickstart their digital citizenship program."—Allison L. Glasgow, Library Media Specialist, Rockwall ISD
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