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Register Now: ALA Hosts Digital Literacy Virtual Forum on Nov. 14th

We are excited (and slightly trepidatious) about holding our first online forum, Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep Up with Digital Media and Technology on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 7:00-8:00p.m. EST. RSVP now.

As part of the free virtual forum, digital literacy leaders will address dramatic shifts in learning and civic engagement due to the rapidly changing technology landscape. The experts will also discuss the ways that information professionals can keep up with new technology tools and ensure that their communities fully participate in the digital age.

Our speakers will be in the forum, but we want to include you, our audience in the conversation!

In order to participate in the Google Hangout you have several options:

  • You can watch the live streaming on the Washington Office blog, District Dispatch  As you watch feel free to post comments.  We’ll monitor these comments and feed them to the speakers in the Hangout.
  • You can also tweet using our hash tag #digilit12.  We’ll be watching the twitter feed and passing these comments to the speakers as well.
  • You can watch the live streaming directly on YouTube on the ALA Washington Office channel.  We’ll post the YouTube URL on District Dispatch and tweet it out using #digilit12 at 6:45pm eastern right before the Hangout goes live.

We hope you will also chat among yourselves. If the speakers say something you like or take issue with or if you want to share your own experiences, tweet and comment- we’ll be using the back channel conversation to inform our ongoing work on libraries and digital literacy.


  • Caroline Haebig, 2012 International Society for Technology in Education Outstanding Young Educator
  • Jamie Hollier, technology consultant and project manager of the Public Library Association
  • Gwyneth Jones, Daring Librarian blogger, member of the International Society for Technology in Education Board of Directors, and 2011 Library Journal “Mover & Shaker”
  • Bobbi Newman, Librarian by Day blogger, and Libraries and Transliteracy Project co-founder
  • Anu Vendanthan, director of the Weigle Information Commons at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Moderated by: Renee Hobbs, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow

Remember to join us on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00p.m. EST for our second forum, Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact.

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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.


  1. Hi, thanks for hosting, I’d love to join but cannot do the evening.

  2. Marijke Visser Marijke Visser

    Hi Steve, I’m sorry you’ll miss it live but it will be available on the District Dispatch and the ALA Washington Office YouTube channel Check out what people have to say and add your thoughts #digilit12

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