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Public comment period on digital literacy report ends this Friday

We have received a number of comments on the draft report, Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy and have had over 2000 views on the ALA Connect space where it is posted. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to weigh in.

For those of you who have not yet shared your thoughts, we are closing the public comment period this Friday, October 19, 2012.

As a quick reminder, we are asking that as you review the draft, please focus your feedback on substantive issues. Specifically, the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force asks representatives of each library type to consider how your library is portrayed. Are the examples demonstrative of the work you do? Are the issues that are most important to you and your colleagues addressed? Please provide comments that in turn provide the task force with enough information to effectively address your suggestions or concerns.

How to comment

When you open the report you will notice that each paragraph is numbered: [para 1], [para 2], and so on. To ensure that we can track each comment, please refer to the page number and the paragraph number at the beginning of your comment. Please do this for each section you wish to comment on.

Please use the comment option to submit your comments. Task Force members will review each comment when the public comment period is over. Please do not submit line edits. We will have a copy editor review the final draft version prior to publication. At that time, endnotes will be formatted in APA style.

If you have a clarifying question, please send an email to me at

Marijke Visser
Assistant Director, OITP

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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