Does your library provide digital literacy training or support to your patrons? Where do you go for resources? What kinds of resources do you need or do you have some favorite websites you’d recommend to others?
These are the type of questions being asked as part of a project of the Public Library Association (PLA), in partnerships with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and OITP. The project is the result of a grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project will build an online Digital Learning Center that will hold self-directed trainings for end-users and also be a resource for digital literacy trainers to share tools and best practices. Jamie Hollier, project manager of the project, is asking for input from the field in order to get a baseline understanding of how librarian and other community educators find, use, and share digital literacy resources,. The short survey will be open until December 15, 2012.
PLA will launch a beta version of the online resource center at the 2013 ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle. The project coincides with the early spring launch of an Ad Council campaign that supports the national initiative of Connect2Compete that will push people to their local public library as well as other community based organizations for free online digital literacy training resources. PLA will continue to shape the Digital Learning Center throughout 2013 and 2014.