Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy), released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” (pdf) a comprehensive report that provides a broad overview of digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries.
The report explores the ways that various libraries support digital literacy programs for their students and patrons. It discusses the current digital literacy policy context, including digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, and workforce development.
In addition to this new report, the Task Force is developing a set of recommendations to the library community as well as policy makers and potential funders to continue and expand libraries’ engagement and leadership to effect meaningful and sustainable change in our communities. These recommendations will be a companion piece to this report.
You will have a chance to hear more about the work of the Task Force – including a look at what we learned from the recent digital literacy webinars – and preview the draft recommendations at ALA Midwinter Meeting. If you’re in Seattle for the Meeting, join the Task Force Saturday, January 26, 2013, for “Digital Literacy Setting the Agenda.” This interactive program will be in the Washington State Convention Center Saturday Room 304, 3:00-4:00p.m.
The Task Force (PDF) is made up of literacy experts from school, public, and higher-education libraries and represents a wide range of ALA units. Over the course of its tenure, the Task Force has addressed issues and questions related to digital literacy and national policy conversations.