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Category: Digital Literacy

Fighting Garrett amendment gives opportunity to break through to out-of-touch Congressional members

This week’s news of U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett’s (R-NJ-5) amendment to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) served as a grave reminder that some members of Congress continue to overlook the value of the libraries in their districts. Garrett’s action confirmed that…

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OITP developing digital literacy portfolio, engaging with NTIA on Digital Literacy Portal

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is in the process of developing a digital literacy portfolio.  During Midwinter, OITP staff began meeting with a range of ALA member groups to learn more about current efforts and to help inform the portfolio development.  One outcome of the Midwinter meetings is…

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ALA president and OITP assistant director take part in roundtable on digital literacy

ALA President Roberta Stevens and Marijke Visser, Assistant Director for the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), participated in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Roundtable on Digital and Media Literacy yesterday.  The roundtable  was part of the launch of a white paper titled Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action…

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ALA urges FCC to implement E-rate changes proposed in National Broadband Plan

The American Library Association (ALA)’s comments (pdf) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the E-rate program, the program that provides schools and libraries with discounts on telecommunications services, urge the FCC to implement and build upon recommendations proposed in the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The ALA wholeheartedly supports the FCC’s…

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Washington Update offers inside look on national policies, legislation [video]

“All Politics Is Local: Positioning Libraries for Success in the Capital,” the ALA Washington Office update, featured District insiders including Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Washington Office Update (3 of 6) from ALA Washington on Vimeo. Clyburn spoke about the role of libraries in the national broadband plan…

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