October 28-30 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

E301 - Closing the Digital Divide

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Ferrante (Conference Center)
Mary Anne L Waltz, Project Manager and Trainer, New York Library Association
Jamie Hollier, Owner, Anneal, Inc & Project Manager with PLA, Board Member for DPLA

This session highlights two association grant funded projects. Funded by a federal NTIA grant, the first project is a partnership between the New York State Office of Cyber Security and the NYLA to “convene, support, coordinate, and enhance programs that provide digital literacy training.” Following the adoption of a statewide set of digital literacy standards and accompanying digital skills, a task force developed a digital literacy curriculum that was approved by the New York State Broadband Initiative. The grant funds a series of statewide train-the-trainer workshops for public library staff to develop a cadre of trained library staff who can advance the digital literacy skills of their patrons. Hear about their project experiences, the impact for public libraries, and get tips and resources to take home to your community. Then learn about the PLA’s new site, Digital- Learn.org, an IMLS grant-funded site, and an online hub for digital literacy support and training intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations increasing digital literacy across the nation.

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