Registration Open: Free ALA Webinar on Digital Literacy and Libraries

As the technology landscape continues to evolve rapidly, every information professional must be prepared to teach meaningful digital skills to their communities. But how do librarians and educators keep up with the continual stream of new advancements?

To facilitate a national dialogue on digital literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” on December 11, 2012 from 7:00-8:00p.m. EST. (RSVP now)

The December webinar, which will be hosted by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force, is a follow-up to the highly attended web-based forum that the ALA hosted in November.

Attendees will hear from participants who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs. Speakers include:

  • Karen Hanson, federal program officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Julie Coiro, assistant professor, University of Rhode Island School of Education
  • Moderated by: Renee Hobbs, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow

To RSVP for the webinar (which will be streamed live at http://www.districtdispatch.org/digilit12/), email OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at alawash@alawash.org, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

6 comments

  1. It seems like the panel doesn’t have many results to share at this time, and that for the most part they are highlighting they’re grant work and the kinds of questions they are posing in their research. Is that a correct assessment? I feel like I’m missing something.
    -Brian

  2. Hi Brian. Thanks for your note. Your assessment is largely correct. The purpose of this hangout was less about results and more about the “how-to.” What kinds of assessment tools have been developed, and how might others take this information and apply it in their setting. There are some early results in the ASR report: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/asr_interim_report_1_order_number_d10pd18645_-_submitted_on_2012-10-15.pdf (p. 48). I hope this is helpful! Larra

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