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Recommendations for Advancing Libraries’ Digital Literacy Support Released by ALA

2013 June 19
by Thea Blair

digital-literacy-160Libraries of all types play an important role in ensuring that people are prepared to succeed at work and play in the digital age.  Last Friday, the American Library Association‘s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force released its recommendations for ways in which libraries, and the library community, can build the best possible digital literacy support for users.

Broad recommendations include investing in digital literacy; creating and enhancing partnerships; and strengthening research and assessment for digital literacy programs.  Individual libraries are encouraged to set aside funding for local digital literacy activities, and the need for partnerships, collaboration and an increase in digital literacy programming is highlighted.   Take a look at all the recommendations here (pdf).

In just a couple of weeks, DigitalLearn.org will also be formally launched at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  The online hub for digital literacy supports many of the Digital Literacy Task Force’s recommendations.  The site, funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services,  includes training for end users, as well as shared tools for digital literacy educators, including libraries.  Libraries can pre-register now to join the DigitalLearn.org community.  Other important national initiatives like Connect2Compete and its related EveryoneOn campaign and toolkits also help support digital literacy for your local library users.

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