Oct 14

Web Junction now available to all NY library staff

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.

Mar 14

2014 Workshop Schedule

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


Jul 13

Authorization requirement for Trainers page removed

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.

Jun 13

ALA Task Force releases recommendations to advance digital literacy

"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."


Jun 13

New updates to the web site

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.

May 13

Digital Literacy Workshop at Book Expo!

Digital Literacy @ BEA! There will be a FREE Digital Literacy training workshop held at Book Expo America on May 29 from 10 am - 4:30 pm at the Javits Center. For more information, go to http://diglitny.org/index.php/about-the-project

Mar 13

Press Release

Ad Council & Connect2Compete Launch Nationwide PSA Campaign to Increase Digital Literacy for 62 Million Americans

March 21, 2013

“EveryoneOn” Campaign Created Pro Bono by Y&R to Connect Americans with Free Digital Skills Classes in more than 21,000 Libraries and Training Centers
Mar 13

Connect2Compete Launches Nationwide Campaign To Increase Digital Literacy, Internet Access For 100 Million "Offline" Americans

Program Will Provide Access to Discounted High-Speed Internet and Low-Cost
WASHINGTON,  March 21, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Digital literacy is critical to
America's economic future, and possessing these skills is now essential for
accessing the jobs and education opportunities that will enable current and
future generations to compete in the 21st  century workforce. Yet roughly 100
million Americans do not have a broadband connection at home, and 62 million do
not use the Internet at all. Today, nonprofit  Connect2Compete, launches a
national campaign, "EveryoneOn," a public awareness campaign designed to help
all Americans access free digital literacy training in their communities. Also
starting today, Connect2Compete will offer consumers access to programs
providing discounted high-speed Internet and low-cost computers.
For more information, http://reut.rs/XvOmtd
Aug 12

Train-the-Trainer workshops coming to the Southern Tier in spring 2013

Three Digital Literacy train-the-trainer workshops have been scheduled for the Southern tier region for the spring of 2013. Look for workshops at Moore Memorial Library, Greene, NY (March 11); Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY (March 27); and in Ithaca, NY on May 23.

Aug 12

Free training webinars for JobNow

Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, is pleased to announce a series of free training webinars  for JobNow, an online workforce development tool offered through the NOVELny Portal or through your local library.



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