Digital literacy is the ability to use the latest information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills. Libraries are offering:
- Public access to computers
- Computer classes
- Technology clubs
- E-reader help
and much more.
Of course we offer regular, continuing education technology training for library staff here at the State Library. Here are some national initiatives promoting digital access and literacy to be aware of, as well.
Connect to Compete
Connect2Compete(C2C) is a national nonprofit organization bringing together leaders from communities, the private sector, and leading foundations. C2C aims to increase the use of technology and digital skills - abilities that are necessary to ensure future generations can compete in the global economy.
- free digital literacy training
- discounted high-speed Internet for the underserved
- low-cost computers for those in need
How can your library participate? Libraries can join in by adding their information to the Connect2Compete/EveryoneOn training locator database. The database lists free, local technology training and services that libraries and other agencies have available. To learn more about the project, visit the Connect2Compete website.
EveryoneOnrepresents a very important 3-year national digital literacy outreach campaign powered by Connect2Compete. The campaign promotes the the importance of digital literacy skills, and the availability of free training at libraries and other community agencies around the country.
The campaign kicks off on March 21, 2013. Get all the details here, and learn how your library can participate, add your library to the training locator database, and promote your local computer classes and Internet access.
DigitalLearn.org is a new tool and resource for digital literacy support. The Public Library Association’s new site is an Institute of Museum and Library Servicesgrant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training.
The site is launching in June of 2013, and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation. Included in DigitalLearn.org will be a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share tools and best practices.
Microsoft Digital Literacy
Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, Digital Literacy will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.
The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum has three levels.
The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course Toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches the value of computers in society and introduces you to using a mouse and the keyboard.
The Standard curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles. These five courses are available in four versions that use examples and screenshots from different versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Please read the details below.
The Advanced curriculum features five courses that cover building your first app, creating an e-mail account, creating a great resume, searching for content on the World Wide Web and social networking.