Proposed Session Title

Beyond Broadband: Digital Literacy Inclusion Initiatives in Minnesota

Description

As librarians and library professionals, we know that it is becoming nearly impossible to access, organize, evaluate, use and share information without computer and digital literacy skills. One cannot even find out what books a library owns without being able to operate a computer keyboard and a mouse. Providing access to broadband Internet and computers is not sufficient to bridge the digital divide. Computer and digital literacy skills are also essential to promoting workforce readiness, preparation for higher education and lifelong learning. In Minnesota, representatives from libraries, schools, adult basic education programs, literacy organizations, workforce centers and non-profit community centers are currently collaborating on numerous projects to address the need for computer and digital literacy instruction. A panel of librarians, educators, and literacy advocates will provide an overview of some of the digital literacy projects currently underway in Minnesota, including the following: the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards recently created by the St. Paul Digital Literacy Task Force; the Learner Web Partnership: A Multi-State Support System for Broadband Adoption by Vulnerable Adults; Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities; the AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Program (CTEP); and, the Technology Literacy Collaborative. Please join us to discuss how libraries can and should support such digital literacy instruction efforts during these economically challenging times.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Martha Hardy is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Metropolitan State University; Jennifer Vanek is Online Learning Consultant at the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium; Tom Cytron-Hysum is a Facilitator at the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium; Kit Hadley is Director of the St. Paul Public Library; Mary Ann Van Cura is Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator at the Minnesota State Library Services; and Laura Nedved is e-Learning Consultant at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Beyond Broadband: Digital Inclusion Efforts in Minnesota: Selected List of Efforts and Organizations (March 2011)

Meeting Changing Needs: Digital Literacy and Career Website Partnerships in Minnesota (PREZI)

Start Date

17-3-2011 10:45 AM

Technical Expertise

basic

 
Mar 17th, 10:45 AM

Beyond Broadband: Digital Literacy Inclusion Initiatives in Minnesota

As librarians and library professionals, we know that it is becoming nearly impossible to access, organize, evaluate, use and share information without computer and digital literacy skills. One cannot even find out what books a library owns without being able to operate a computer keyboard and a mouse. Providing access to broadband Internet and computers is not sufficient to bridge the digital divide. Computer and digital literacy skills are also essential to promoting workforce readiness, preparation for higher education and lifelong learning. In Minnesota, representatives from libraries, schools, adult basic education programs, literacy organizations, workforce centers and non-profit community centers are currently collaborating on numerous projects to address the need for computer and digital literacy instruction. A panel of librarians, educators, and literacy advocates will provide an overview of some of the digital literacy projects currently underway in Minnesota, including the following: the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards recently created by the St. Paul Digital Literacy Task Force; the Learner Web Partnership: A Multi-State Support System for Broadband Adoption by Vulnerable Adults; Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities; the AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Program (CTEP); and, the Technology Literacy Collaborative. Please join us to discuss how libraries can and should support such digital literacy instruction efforts during these economically challenging times.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Martha Hardy is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Metropolitan State University; Jennifer Vanek is Online Learning Consultant at the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium; Tom Cytron-Hysum is a Facilitator at the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium; Kit Hadley is Director of the St. Paul Public Library; Mary Ann Van Cura is Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator at the Minnesota State Library Services; and Laura Nedved is e-Learning Consultant at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Beyond Broadband: Digital Inclusion Efforts in Minnesota: Selected List of Efforts and Organizations (March 2011)

Meeting Changing Needs: Digital Literacy and Career Website Partnerships in Minnesota (PREZI)