September 16, 2014

What’s Your Online Persona?

What’s Your Online Persona?

Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

PLA Gets Grant to Build Digital Literacy Resource for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a $291,178 grant to the Public Library Association (PLA) to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources. The two year grant, which was given via the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, will help PLA partner with the American Library Association (ALA)’s Office for Information [...]

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Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

In Bristol, a city straddling the border of Tennessee and Virginia, the Bristol Public Library (BPL) is taking digital literacy training to the next level. The library employs a small staff of full-time teachers, who have made computer training a key component of BPL’s 25 year-old Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy (PFLA). The academy launched as a GED prep program in the late 1980s, and even then, it offered a small computer component for students who wanted to learn keyboarding, said BPL Executive Director Jud Barry. Computers have since become ubiquitous, and five years ago, BPL opened a new main library with a computer lab, where the teachers are available for one-on-one instruction five days per week.

Epiphanies from the White House Twitter Town Hall: the Power in the Palm of Our Hand

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In a guest post, Alexia Hudson describes how she got invited to participate in the Tweet Up and the lessons she left with:

There aren’t many life experiences more exciting, surreal, and transformative than being an invited guest into the White House. Even more incredible than receiving the invitation, however, is the one small thing that led me to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on July 6.