Knowing how to recognize the role data plays in our lives is critical to navigating today’s complex world. In this volume, you’ll find two kinds of professional development tools to support that growth. Part I contains pre-made professional development via links to webinars from the 2016 and 2017 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy, along with discussion questions and activities that can animate conversations around data in your school. Part II explores data “in the wild” with case studies pulled from the headlines, along with provocative discussion questions, professionals and students alike can explore multiple perspectives at play with Big Data, data privacy, personal data management, ethical data use, and citizen science.

Amy Lennex has worked in the publishing industry for nearly 20 years editing series nonfiction, middle-grade fiction, and picture books. She’s also the author of Personal Data Management, part of the eight-book Data Geek series published by Cherry Lake Publishing. She provided project management and editing support for the Supporting Librarians in Adding Data Literacy Skills to Information Literacy Instruction project.

Kristin Fontichiaro is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University
of Michigan and principal investigator on the Supporting
Librarians in Adding Data Literacy Skills to Information Literacy
Instruction project (IMLS RE-00-15-0113-15). A Library Journal
Mover and Shaker and member of the American Library Association’s
inaugural class of Emerging Leaders, she has written several
books for educators, librarians, and K-12 readers.

Jo Angela Oehrli is a former high school and middle school
teacher who helps students find information on a wide range
of topics as a Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan
Libraries -- Ann Arbor. In addition, she supports the students in
the Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program and
the students in the Michigan Research Community Residential
Program as well as undergraduates across campus. She has published
articles on library instruction, served as Chair of ALA LIRT’s
Top Twenty Committee, serves on the ACRL Instruction Section
Executive Board & the LOEX Advisory Board, and has worked as
an adjunct lecturer for UM’s School of Information & the College
of Literature, Science and the Arts. She also supports the research
and instructional needs for those throughout the university community
who are studying children’s literature at any level.

Kelly Hovinga is enrolled in the University of Michigan School of Information, where she will be receiving a Master of Science in Information in 2018. She received a Masters in Art from the The Ohio State University for Russian History in 2014. We try not to hold it against her. Kelly currently works at the Stephen S. Clark Library in the rare maps collection.

Tyler Hoff is enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Information, and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2018. He primarily studies databases and information organization with a side of library studies, and is excited to be part of educating a new generation of more data literate and aware students.