ALA President Roberta Stevens and Marijke Visser, Assistant Director for the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), participated in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Roundtable on Digital and Media Literacy yesterday. The roundtable was part of the launch of a white paper titled Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action by Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor and Founder of Temple University’s Media Education Lab.
During the discussion, Stevens and Visser had the opportunity to highlight the role of school libraries in teaching digital literacy. Stevens also emphasized the importance of classroom teachers and school librarians collaborating in any digital literacy initiatives schools undertake. Visser mentioned OITP’ interest in collecting examples of digital literacy programs that are already in place in public libraries. School, public, and academic libraries teach digital literacy skills as a regular part of their programs. Here is a link to a video of the event.