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
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
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.