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Reminder: Digital Literacy and Libraries Webinar December 11

Digital Literacy WebinarThe American Library Association (ALA) will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” on December 11, 2012, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. The December forum will be hosted by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force.

As part of the webinar, attendees will hear from information experts who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs and how to assess student engagement in online inquiry. Presenters include Karen Hanson, federal program officer of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (of the U.S. Department of Commerce), and Julie Coiro, assistant professor of the University of Rhode Island School of Education. The interactive webinar will be moderated by OITP Fellow Dr. Renee Hobbs.

Webinar presenters will address the following questions:

  • How do we know what to measure when we have difficulty even defining “digital literacy”?
  • What assessment is already happening, and what are learning from this work?
  • What tools have already been developed, and how can we better proliferate them among libraries of all types so that we can better inform service delivery?

If you have not yet RSVP’d, you can still do so by emailing OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line. The webinar will be streamed live at

[Note: If you missed the first webinar, Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep Up with Digital Media and Technology, the archive of the session is available.]

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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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