Reminder: Digital Literacy and Libraries Webinar December 11

Digital Literacy WebinarThe American Library Association (ALA) will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” on December 11, 2012, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. The December forum will be hosted by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force.

As part of the webinar, attendees will hear from information experts who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs and how to assess student engagement in online inquiry. Presenters include Karen Hanson, federal program officer of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (of the U.S. Department of Commerce), and Julie Coiro, assistant professor of the University of Rhode Island School of Education. The interactive webinar will be moderated by OITP Fellow Dr. Renee Hobbs.

Webinar presenters will address the following questions:

  • How do we know what to measure when we have difficulty even defining “digital literacy”?
  • What assessment is already happening, and what are learning from this work?
  • What tools have already been developed, and how can we better proliferate them among libraries of all types so that we can better inform service delivery?

If you have not yet RSVP’d, you can still do so by emailing OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line. The webinar will be streamed live at

[Note: If you missed the first webinar, Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep Up with Digital Media and Technology, the archive of the session is available.]

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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