Department of Commerce seeking input from librarians for new digital literacy portal

ALA Washington Office to host interactive roundtable with NTIA at Annual Conference

Now that DigitalLiteracy.gov, an online portal offering a host of resources, is up and running, the Department of Commerce wants to ensure this tool is not only used by libraries and librarians but also enhanced by them.

U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others with a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. The portal brings together online learning tools, curriculum, job skills training and a host of other resources.

The ALA took part in the launch of this new tool in mid-May. As a follow-up, Anthony Wilhelm from NTIA will participate in a roundtable about the portal hosted by the ALA Washington Office during Annual Conference. The discussion will focus on how libraries can use and add content to the portal.

The Washington Office is encourages members to come with questions for the Q&A session at the end of the program and urges members who blog to come to the program and help get the word out about this valuable tool.

Bloggers planning to attend should contact Jenni Terry, press officer to the ALA Washington Office, at jterry@alawash.org.

WHAT: Roundtable discussion on NTIA’s DigitalLiteracy.gov

WHO: American Library Association Washington Office, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Institute of Museum and Library Services

WHEN: Annual Conference; 12:15 – 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 2011

WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Networking Uncommons (Lobby Level 1)

About Jenni Terry

Jenni Terry was a press officer with the Washington Office.

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