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

Rempel, Hannah Hannah.Rempel at oregonstate.edu
Thu Feb 3 10:09:26 PST 2011

Via the ALA Council listserv.

Hannah Gascho Rempel
Oregon Library Association Representative to the American Library Association Council

From: relippard at barton.edu [mailto:relippard at barton.edu]
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:01 AM
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Subject: [alacoun] FW: Help the federal government identify online digital literacy resources

I am forwarding the following at the request of Kevin Cherry with IMLS.  He asks that you share this information with your constituencies.


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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

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