The Definition of Digital Literacy

The OITP Digital Literacy Task Force released it’s official definition of digital literacy this week on the District Dispatch blog. The short definition is accompanied by a six page primer (not yet available) that provides more in-depth information.

Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills.

I am part of this task force and one of the reasons I was thrilled to be asked to serve is because I knew that digital literacy was a growing area of discussion not just among librarians but among policy makers and others discussing issues such as the digital divide, 21st century skills and participatory citizenship. I also knew there was no agreed upon definition for digital literacy.

Read more at District Dispatch.

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