Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Carisa Kluver

Carisa Kluver

Carisa Kluver

Carisa Kluver
Editor, The Digital Media Diet


Carisa Kluver, MSW, has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She worked as a school counselor, health educator and researcher in maternal and child health for over a decade before founding the app review site and the blog, The Digital Media Diet. She has reviewed hundreds of enhanced book apps, as well as writing and researching about literacy, kids and the evolving digital publishing industry.


Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning

Understanding the issues of access and choosing content is part of any traditional library role, although the details are more complex and harder to research for digital materials. But shifting the focus from the device to the engagement of the users (with each other) is a revolution in the making – a change in the basic question we ask of ourselves as professionals. This revolution may lead us to dramatically different answers in the future; so being active during this digital age transformation is essential for librarians. And what better place can there be, than the 21st century library to broadcast this message? We hope it will be one that is widely received and carried deeply into the fabric of all our institutions, beginning with the public libraries.

From Chapter 16, Access, Content & Engagement:How Children’s Librarians Support Early Learning in the Digital


A to Zoo for Apps, ALA Chicago 2013

Recent Publications

Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived!

Take Five for Family Engagement: Tips from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

The Baby and the Bathwater: A Nuanced Message About Screen Time

Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet

The dirty little secret about app review sites

Read all of Carisa’s blog posts on The Digital Media Diet


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