Digital Literacy

Applications for Libraries Ready to Code grants now open

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Those of you who signed up for email updates for the Libraries Ready to Code grant program got a sneak peek of the application last Friday. Today, it’s out for the world! Check out the Libraries Ready to Code website for all the details you’ll need to apply. We are accepting applications now through August 31, 2017. Libraries interested in ... Read More »

UMD, OITP and YALSA announce first cohort of YX Librarians

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ALA’s Office of Information and Technology Policy is pleased to support the University of Maryland’s iSchool YX Graduate Certificate program as part of its Youth & Technology portfolio. We will be working closely with the YX partners to explore how the participating students’ work can augment our Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative. Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda Braun, faculty ... Read More »

Teen Tech Week: computational literacy

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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 »