[Libs-Or] INFORMATION: Putting Libraries on the National Stage

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 22 13:04:58 PDT 2013

Please go to the website to see the video that I was not able to put in
this email.

Putting Libraries on the National Stage
Posted on March 21,
by Marijke Visser <http://www.districtdispatch.org/author/mvisser/>

[image: everyoneon]Every day public library staff witness firsthand the
importance of digital
literacy<http://www.districtdispatch.org/category/digilit/>skills in
applying for work, furthering education, seeking government
assistance and a host of essential life functions. Starting today, a new
national campaign <http://www.everyoneon.org/> will help others understand
how vital these skills are so that everyone can access the power of the

Public libraries, Connect2Compete <http://www.connect2compete.org/>, their
national partners, and the Ad Council have joined together and are
launching EveryoneOn. The EveryoneOn campaign mission is to empower people
by giving them the tools and confidence they need to improve their lives
through the Internet. Libraries and other community-based organizations are
critical to the success of this national campaign in our communities across
the country.

Using public libraries as critical partners, the campaign will encourage
people who do not regularly use the Internet to find free training
opportunities already provided by libraries (and other community-based
organizations). Libraries can add information about their digital literacy
programs to the zip code locator tool to help people find help more easily.
People looking for free digital literacy training also can call 855-EVRY1ON
(387-9166) or text CONNECT to 30364 (English) or CONECTA to 30364 (in
Spanish) to find nearby training. The campaign will teach the public about
the importance of technology in developing digital skills via
advertisements, public service announcements and social media activities
over the next three years.

"We are excited that libraries are a part of this timely national
campaign," said Marijke Visser, assistant director of the American Library
Association's Office for Information Technology Policy. "Libraries are in a
unique position to address digital literacy because they provide public
access computers staffed with knowledgeable librarians who can help patrons
learn digital skills."

3.21 is just the beginning. A toolkit for
libraries<http://everyoneon.adcouncil.org/>is available from
EveryoneOn to make it easier to get involved in the
campaign. You also can connect via
And the Public Library Association <http://www.ala.org/pla>, with funding
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services <http://www.imls.gov/> -
another Connect2Compete partner, is launching the Digital Learning
Center<http://digitallearn.org/>today. Librarians will find a hub of
resources for end users (including
self-paced tutorials) and for library staff (including curriculum and best

ALA OITP is proud to be part of this important work.


*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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