ALA Washington Office to host roundtable with NTIA on new digital literacy portal

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/09/2011

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office will hold a roundtable discussion about DigitalLiteracy.gov at 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, during the ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. DigitalLiteracy.gov is a new online portal that brings together online learning tools, curriculum, job skills training and a host of other resources.

NTIA created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. The roundtable discussion will focus on how libraries can use and add content to the portal.

Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, will moderate the discussion. Other participants include Anthony Wilhelm, director of the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, and Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

 The program will include a question-and-answer session. Media and bloggers are encouraged to participate.

WHAT: Roundtable discussion on NTIA’s DigitalLiteracy.gov

 WHO: American Library Association Washington Office, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Institute of Museum and Library Services

 WHEN: 12:15 - 1 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 2011

WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Networking Uncommons (Lobby Level 1)

Media and bloggers planning to attend should contact Jenni Terry, press officer to the ALA Washington Office at jterry@alawash.org.