Are You Ready for DigitalLearn?

In just a few weeks, DigitalLearn.org—a new online hub for digital literacy support and training—will launch at the 2013 Annual American Library Association Conference (the launch will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the Convention Center Room N139, from 10:30–11:30a.m.).

Have you preregistered for the online resource? According to the site, nearly 200 people have pre-registered for the DigitalLearn.org community. When it launches in June, the community will be a central point of sharing best practices in digital literacy, asking questions of colleagues from across the country, discovering new ideas, and more.

With the launch of DigitalLearn.org fast approaching, our project team is eager to ensure that the site is a hub of valuable digital literacy resources, collaboration, and community. To do this, we need your help! Your knowledge, tools, and ideas have the power to inform not only learners, but also other practitioners. Help us make DigitalLearn.org the best resource it can be for you and your colleagues.

How can you help?

Share and collaborate. Pre-register for the community, so you’ll be ready to go when we launch!

Create classes. Work with us to create more of the self-directed classes that make up the core of learning on DigitalLearn.org. Almost 300 people have completed one of the sample classes we already have on the site. In order to grow the site and reach more learners, we need to develop new classes and update the ones we have, Share your knowledge and expertise by writing scripts for classes, providing narration, and translating our tutorials. Please email Jamie Hollier, project manager, if you can help with this portion.

Spread the word.

The more people we have engaged and involved with the site, the more content and assistance we will be able to provide to one another. Become an advocate for the site! Present at conferences, write blogs, tweet, or find your own unique way to let people know about DigitalLearn.org. We have information on the about page of the site that you are welcome to use for talking about the site, including a sample powerpoint presentation that you can download and use.

When it comes to the work of libraries, nonprofits, and community organizations, we are our most impactful when we work together. If you are currently providing digital literacy support and training in your organization or are looking to add that element to your service offerings, please get involved with DigitalLearn.org.

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

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