State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the State Library has arranged with OCLC to provide free access to WebJunction’s self-paced courses for all library workers, volunteers and students in New York State. The State Library has designated WebJunction as an approved provider of professional development required to maintain active New York State public librarian certification. The free access is open now at learn.webjunction.org.
We are currently in the process of scheduling this year's workshops. Workshop dates have been set for the following:
April 28, WLS in Tarrytown
April 30-May 2, BPL in Brooklyn
May 14, CCLS in Jamestown
May 21, YPL in Yonkers
June 11, Albany
We also plan to be back at Mid-Hudson, but are still working on a date.
If your library, library system, or 3Rs is interested in hosting a digital literacy workshop, please contact me at
"Adults in the United States do not measure up well on literacy and numeracy skills and the ability to solve problems in technology rich environments according to OECD’s Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adults Skills (2013). The new survey ranks the U.S. 16th of 23 countries in adult literacy, 21st of 23 countries in adult numeracy and 14th of 23 countries in problem-solving. The survey included adults ages 16-65 and focuses in how adults develop literacy and numeracy skills, how they use those skills and what benefits they gain from them. The Survey of Adult Skills is part of the Programme of International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)."
"This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments."
Who's Not Online and Why is a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life project. Here's a teaser of their findings.
As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.
Asked why they do not use the internet:
- 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
- 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys.
- 19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection.
- 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet.
Even among the 85% of adults who do go online, experiences connecting to the internet may vary widely. For instance, even though 76% of adults use the internet at home, 9% of adults use the internet but lack home access. These internet users cite many reasons for not having internet connections at home, most often relating to issues of affordability—some 42% mention financial issues such as not having a computer, or having a cheaper option outside the home.
The full report is online here.
We are pleased to announce that an ID and password are no longer needed to access the Trainers web page. We have decided that keeping the answers to the quizzes secure was not worth the hassle of the web page authorization. So everyone can now access the trainer materials.
"Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the Office for Information Technology Policy) releases its recommendations to advance and sustain library engagement in digital literacy initiatives nationwide. These recommendations build on the January 2013 Task Force report Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy and constitute a call to action on the part of the ALA, library education programs, front-line librarians, various funding bodies, and the diverse stakeholders who use and support library services."
Updates have been made to the web site Public and Trainer pages. Revised documents have been uploaded, and original Word formats for the PDF files have been added. In addition, a section on resources in other languages has been added to the Public page.
Ad Council & Connect2Compete Launch Nationwide PSA Campaign to Increase Digital Literacy for 62 Million Americans
March 21, 2013