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


Oct 13

United States ranks low in OECD Skills Outlook

"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)."


Oct 13

OECD Skills Outlook 2013

"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."



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."


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
Sep 12

In 22 States, GED Exam Now Computerized

"Ahead of the debut of the 2014 GED Test, which will be available only on computer, 22 states are already offering a computerized version of the GED exam, according to a news release issued by the GED Testing Service Thursday."

Education Week

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.


Aug 12

US Digital Literacy – 3 Ways Obama Administration Fueling Tech Revolution

During this week’s announcement about new digital literacy training services, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Offline Americans are missing out on education opportunities, health care opportunities and, yes, job opportunities.” Certainly there is no doubt that being connected to online Internet has emerged as the most important element in achieving progress in any field today.

But almost one third of Americans do not have Internet access at home. Many families are unable to pay for Internet access. The Obama administration has already invested $7 billion in expanding broadband services across the country and improving connectivity especially in rural areas.  More...

ISP 1 Internet Access



Aug 12

Redemtech Launches PC Donation Campaign to Support FCC Digital Literacy Effort

PC Pledge 100 encourages businesses to donate used computers to help Americans narrow the digital divide through Connect2Compete

Redemtech, a world leader in IT Asset Disposition, today joined with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Connect2Compete (C2C) to launch PC Pledge 100, a nationwide campaign to close the digital divide through corporate donations of used computers. Redemtech kicked off the drive by pledging 200 computers to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and an additional 100 computers for nonprofits focused on digital literacy.



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