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 alawash@alawash.org, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line. The webinar will be streamed live at http://www.districtdispatch.org/digilit12.

[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.]

Marijke began at OITP in 2009 to support a grant project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking at broadband capacity in public libraries. She immediately became immersed in broadband adoption and E-rate issues and has not looked back. Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. She is also co-chair of the Edlinc Coalition, the primary coalition promoting E-rate policy for libraries and schools at the national level. In addition to E-rate, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology. Prior to coming to OITP, Marijke worked for several community organizations that focused on empowering at-risk populations, especially focusing on youth and pre-school children. She continues to have a strong inclination to find projects that address access to information barriers so everyone, regardless of circumstance, can access, apply, and benefit from information in any format. Marijke received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis.

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