Scholarship at Penn Libraries

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version



Today’s undergraduates are clearly comfortable as consumers of technology and new media purchasing ring tones for their cell phones and tunes for their iPods, text-messaging from handheld devices, scanning and tinkering with photos, keeping up with their Facebook friends and watching viral YouTube videos, sometimes all simultaneously. We share examples of classroom assignments integrated with library support services that engage today’s undergraduates with academic materials in a variety of course contexts. We discuss how specific arrangements of library learning spaces and the alignment of space and staffing can help undergraduate students succeed with new media projects for class assignments.


Vedantham, A., Hassen, M.. New Media: Engaging and Educating the YouTube Generation. Journal of Learning Spaces, North America, 1, Dec. 2011. Available at: Date accessed: 20 Dec. 2011.


New media, video, class assignments, pedagogy, teaching and learning



Date Posted: 20 December 2011

This document has been peer reviewed.