Digital Literacy

Building bridges at the “Department of Opportunity”

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (aka the Department of Opportunity) gathered national partners and local government and housing leaders from 28 communities to begin the real work of ConnectHome. Launched in July, the demonstration project aims to connect more than 275,000 households in 28 communities to low-cost internet, devices and technology training. It was my ... Read More »

ALA and COSLA submit WIOA comments

Computer lab

The American Library Association (ALA) filed comments with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to the Departments of Labor and Education on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The comments are now available for review (pdf). America’s libraries are well positioned to play an essential role in this country’s efforts to assist the workforce. ... Read More »

Briefing: Libraries, kids and technology

Baby in a suit pointing at a laptop screen

Interested in learning how children engage with technology at libraries? If you answered yes, then you might consider attending the briefing, Kids, Learning, and Technology: Libraries as 21st Century Creative Spaces on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Room 217. This event’s honorary co-host Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) will be in attendance ... Read More »

It’s time that we had a digital Constitutional Convention

Illustration of Washington Constitutional Convention 1787

Is it time to organize a digital constitutional convention on the future of the internet? In a thought-provoking op-ed published in The Hill, Alan S. Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) calls on the nation’s leaders in government, philanthropy, and the not-for-profit sector to convene a digital constitutional convention for the future ... Read More »

Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library bill

Children reading in a library.

Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312). Key improvements to the program include expanding professional development to include digital literacy, reading and writing instruction across all grade levels; focusing on coordination and shared planning time between teachers and librarians; and ensuring that books and materials are ... Read More »