[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacoun] FW: Help the federal government identify online digital literacy resources]
bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Feb 3 09:21:05 PST 2011
Suzanne L. Sager
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Subject: [alacoun] FW: Help the federal government identify online
digital literacy resources
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 12:01:18 -0500
From: <relippard at barton.edu>
To: <alacoun at ala.org>
I am forwarding the following at the request of Kevin Cherry with IMLS.
He asks that you share this information with your constituencies.
The Digital Literacy Working Group is an interagency body established to
advise the Obama Administration on actions it might consider to promote
broadband as a platform to improve the lives of everyday Americans. As
the digital and online world becomes more robust, global, and
interactive, a compelling need is growing to advance the digital
literacy of all our nation’s citizens. As young students are developing
their knowledge and sense of the world, they must also develop their
voice in the online world. As adults are entering into and sustaining
the workforce, the ability to create, innovate, communicate with, and
leverage digital resources is paramount to our long term economic viability.
Digital literacy practitioners in the field have identified the need for
a centralized location to connect to the most current resources
available, collaborate, and share best practices to support
opportunities for all Americans to build digital literacy skills. The
Digital Literacy Working Group aims to produce a digital literacy web
portal that is the “go-to” place for a variety of practitioners to
connect to the most current resources on digital literacy.
Your support is critical to the success of this effort. We would like to
identify digital literacy resources developed by organizations across
the country to make them available to everyone in an organized manner.
The success of this effort depends on the quality of the content. If you
have a resource, image, video, or tool that might be helpful for this
portal and would like to be featured on the website, you may email the
name of the resource, the URL where the resource is located, and a brief
description of the resource to DigitalLiteracy at bah.com
<mailto:DigitalLiteracy at bah.com>. We also ask that you identify the
subject area that the digital literacy resource addresses, where
applicable (educator, finance, health), and gauge the skill level (e.g.,
beginner, intermediate, or advanced) you believe is required to
successfully access and use the resource provided.
Our goal is to provide access to free, high-quality, widely used, and
available programs, resources, training, and curricula inside and
outside of the Federal Government. We expect the content to follow the
convention of appropriateness. Therefore, we will not include links that:
· Contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive
terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
· Promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant
to digital literacy are acceptable)
· Are off-topic
· Are political endorsements
· Make unsupported accusations or
· Solicit financial contributions.
Please ensure your content contains none of the above and adheres to the
Digital Literacy Website Policy.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request, and we look
forward to working with you as we develop the site.
We know that libraries can help with this!
Anthony Wilhelm, Director, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,
U.S. Department of Commerce
Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department
Co-chairs, Digital Literacy Working Group
Kevin Cherry, IMLS, member of the Digital Literacy Working Group
Mission of the Digital Literacy Working Group
The Digital Literacy Working Group was tasked to develop a strategy and
implementation of a digital literacy platform, including a federal
digital literacy website. The website is an inclusive initiative that
will aggregate resources culled from participating agencies’ and
departments’ own inventory of available literacy resources as well as
key non-Federal resources. The purpose of this effort is to create the
“go-to” place where a variety of practitioners can connect to the most
current resources available on digital literacy.
See the attached for information regarding the Digital Literacy Website
Content and Comment Policy. . .
Kevin Cherry MSLS, PhD
Senior Program Officer
Office of Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services
1800 M. Street, NW 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-5802
Phone: (202) 653-4662
Fax: (202) 653-4602
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Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University
sagers at pdx.edu
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