Join the Virtual National Conversation Series on Digital Literacy and Libraries

On November 14 and December 11 at 7 p.m. EST, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and its Digital Literacy Task Force will host the next two conversations (of a continuing series) where we explore the role of libraries in supporting and deepening digital literacy skills development for students, the general public and colleagues in other professions.

Join us November 14 for Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep up with Digital Media and Technology, where speakers look at the dramatic shifts in formal and informal learning and civic engagement because of the rapidly changing technology landscape, every information professional must be prepared to ensure meaningful access and skills development to our communities so all may fully participate in the digital age.

But how do librarians keep up with the continual stream of new advancements in digital media and technology? A culture of learning helps information professionals stay ahead of or on the learning curve with our students and patrons as new devices, software and Internet-enabled services emerge.

In this Google Hangout moderated by OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs, you’ll hear from participants who are exploring how to keep up with new technology tools and digital and media literacy competencies. We’ll discuss:

  • How can library groups and library leaders best support library staff in the quest to stay current?”
  • What are the perceived obstacles that interfere with the continuing education process?
  • What resources or continuous learning models already are available to the profession, and what are their pros/cons?

Our third virtual conversation Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact will take place December 11. Measuring outcomes and impacts are vital to demonstrating the success of any program or service so that we may improve service and advocate for additional investments. But how do we measure or assess the development of digital literacy competencies in ourselves and in our patrons? How may assessment models help us best design and implement digital literacy instruction and services?

You’ll hear from participants who are exploring how to measure the community impact of digital literacy programs. We’ll discuss:

  • What assessment is already happening, and what are we learning from this work?
  • What tools have already been developed, and how can we better proliferate them among libraries of all types?
  • How can we best document the impact of library training and interventions when it comes to digital literacy competencies?

This series is intended to create a forum for discussing key issues and developing a vision for continued library leadership in the digital literacy sphere. The first conversation in the series took place at the ALA Annual Conference and focused on defining digital literacy and designing “what comes next.”

Curious about using the Google Hangout platform for a virtual meeting? You can learn and participate by watching live-streaming of the conversation on YouTube and chatting with other viewers. You also can continue the conversation through Twitter using the hash tag #digilit12. Your questions and comments will be submitted to panelists throughout the program.

Please RSVP for one or both conversations at alawash@alawash.org. We also welcome comments or questions prior to each conversation. Please use “digital literacy” as the subject line.

As Assistant Director of OITP, Marijke’s responsibilities include primary management of OITP’s E-rate activities, working in collaboration with Larra Clark and Alan Inouye. In addition, Marijke’s policy portfolio includes projects focused at the intersection of children and youth and information technology policy as well as broadband adoption issues including digital literacy and challenges for diverse populations. As Assistant Director, Marijke also has responsibility for OITP communications and other office-wide activities.

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