Digital Literacy

Teen Tech Week: computational literacy

Closeup of child's hands on a laptop keyboard, display shows some sort of coding program

Today we kick of Teen Tech Week with a guest post by OITP Youth & Technology Fellow, Chris Harris. Chris is the director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in rural western New York. Read further to build your understanding and appreciation of “computational thinking.” Follow #readytocode and #TTW17 for posts throughout the week. What ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: librarians combating misinformation

Resolution on Misinformation to Citizens, passed on July 1, 1987, in San Francisco, California.

Librarians across the field have always been dedicated to combating misinformation. TBT to 1987, when the ALA Council passed the “Resolution on Misinformation to Citizens” on July 1 in San Francisco, California. (The resolution is also accessible via the American Library Association Institutional Repository here.) In response to the recent dialogue on fake news and news literacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee ... Read More »

Developing librarian resources to enhance patrons’ digital literacy

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Guest post by Jessica Vitak Applying for jobs, social services, or food stamps. Obtaining health care. Filing taxes. Each of these tasks requires digital skills to transmit sensitive and private information about one’s finances, health, and location in a safe and secure manner through the Web. However, many low-SES individuals face compounding problems: they must use the Web or other ... Read More »

Equipping librarians to code: part 2

library professionals demonstrating coding in a public library computer lab

I know, I know, you just put down Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People, the Libraries Ready to Code final report, and are already saying to yourself, “What’s next?” and “How can I get involved?” Here’s the answer: Today we officially launched Ready to Code 2 (RtC2), Embedding RtC Concepts in LIS Curricula. Building on findings from last year’s work, RtC2 focuses ... Read More »

2016 was an awesome year – for libraries that code

Youth hands typing on laptops

As we start 2017 with a little trepidation of the unknown here in D.C., I am very pleased to be able to say 2016 was an awesome year for OITP’s Libraries Ready to Code project. Only a few things make me happier than talking about opportunities for kids to be excited about learning (and if libraries are involved, even better), ... Read More »