Digital Literacy

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 »

IMLS and Dept. of Ed. hosts digital strategy webinar

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Next week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education will host “Reboot your Digital Strategy,” a webinar that will explore national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. IMLS and OCTAE ... Read More »

Application period opens for federal library leadership grants

The application period for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries is now open, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced last week. The federal grants program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The window for the first grant proposal closes on October 13, 2014. ... Read More »

Looking ahead- replacing bureaucracy with smartphones?

This week, I attended an event at the American Enterprise Institute, “Veterans and their smartphones: Creating a 21st-century veterans service system” that featured former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In his discussion, he spoke passionately about the bureaucratic failings of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), highlighting recent, high-profile scandals. Mr. Gingrich bypassed any calls for reform, advocating instead for “imagination ... Read More »

Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and workforce programs, study finds

According to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s ... Read More »