[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacoun] FW: Help the federal government identify online digital literacy resources]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Feb 3 09:21:05 PST 2011


FYI,

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.

Thanks,

Rodney

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All:

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!

Best regards,

Anthony Wilhelm, Director, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, 
U.S. Department of Commerce

Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department 
of Education

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

www.imls.gov



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Suzanne L. Sager
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Portland State University

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503-725-5799
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