"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
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 Computers 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.
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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.
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.
There are two DigLit workshops scheduled for western NY coming up this month. Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central Library will host a workshop on Thursday, August 23, and the Rochester Regional Library Network will be the site for a workshop on Friday, August 24. For more information, and to register, go to
The workshop to be held at the Baldwinsville Public Library, previously scheduled for July 25, has been rescheduled for September 12. To register for this workshop, or any of the workshops, please go to http://members.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/events/ConferenceList.html?Action=Find_Events
The final schedule for the second half of 2012 has been posted at http://diglitny.org/index.php/training-calendar
New training sites include Canton, Rochester, Albany, and Tarrytown.
If you are willing to host a workshop at your facility in 2013, please contact Mary Anne Waltz, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.