Profile: Crystle Martin

Postdoctoral Researcher, UCI

Crystle Martin is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Digital Media and Learning Hub at University of California, Irvine, working with Professor Mizuko (Mimi) Ito. She finished her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012. Her dissertation focused on learning and information literacy practices in the community of the massively multiplayer game World of Warcraft. It was published as a book in2014 entitled 'Voyage across a constellation of information: Information literacy in interest-driven learning communities' in the Peter Lang series New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies. Her research focuses on youth learning in informal spaces, specializing in information literacy and connected learning, and how those skills, if valued in academic settings, can create a more equitable education system. Her current research examines using interest as a way to engage youth in coding, as well as developing coding programs which can be facilitated by non-experts coders to increase the reach and equity of the program.

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Who Says Libraries are Dying?

With the expansion of digital media, the rise of e-books and massive budget cuts, the end of libraries has been predicted many times over. And while it is true that library budgets have been slashed, causing cuts in operating hours and branch closures, libraries are not exactly dying. In fact, libraries are evolving.

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