“Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us”

I can’t stop thinking about this video since I saw it yesterday. Especially the quote I used for the title of this post. “Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us” Look past the fact that it is from Google and look at the power of information. Take note that this includes the internet but also a physical bulletin … Continue reading “Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us”

Don’t Write Off ALA’s Work on Digital Literacy and the FCC Before Reading This

About two weeks ago there was an article in the New York Times titled Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era which caused an outcry among librarians, and there has been a whirlwind of online activity. Much of what is in that article was no surprise to me thanks to my interest in digital literacy, my service on the Digital Literacy Task Force and the fact that … Continue reading Don’t Write Off ALA’s Work on Digital Literacy and the FCC Before Reading This

Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide – Presentation

A while back I delivered the opening Keynote for the Michigan State Library’s Beginners Workshop.  The conference is focused on library staff who do not have a formal library degree and is an introduction to many issues. The topic of my presentation was the role of libraries in bridging the digital divide – I talked about the digital divide and digital literacy and the role … Continue reading Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide – Presentation

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 … Continue reading The Definition of Digital Literacy

FCC’s New Digital Literacy & Broadband Initiative Recognizes the Role Libraries Play Now & in the Future!

This morning at 10 am Eastern the FCC announced a new initiative aimed at closing the digital divide (access to broadband the necessary technology) and address digital literacy issues. Connect to Compete is A private and nonprofit sector partnership to promote broadband adoption and improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities. I missed the live broadcast so as I looked over the website and the announcement from the Knight … Continue reading FCC’s New Digital Literacy & Broadband Initiative Recognizes the Role Libraries Play Now & in the Future!

OITP and Digital Literacy Portfolio! Plus NTIA and a Digital Literacy Portal

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this announcement from OITP (Office of Information Technology Policy, ALA) yesterday! Libraries are key players when we talk about digital literacy and education. Though as I’ve noted before we are often overlooked in reports from other institutions and organizations, most recently, as in the Digital and Media Literacy Plan of Action white paper by Renee Hobbs. I am … Continue reading OITP and Digital Literacy Portfolio! Plus NTIA and a Digital Literacy Portal