Digital Literacy

Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine continue partnership with new digital literacy, citizen science tools

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) are working together to support health literacy by promoting the importance of digital literacy in health and wellness.

The Public Library Association and Microsoft announce initiative to help expand internet access in rural communities during COVID-19 crisis

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new initiative today to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide funding to help public libraries in rural communities extend WiFi access by installing public WiFi access points on or near library grounds.

Libraries Ready to Code Awards Microfunding on Digital Learning Day

Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, awarded more than 100 academic, school and public libraries with $700 mini-grants to encourage digital skills education in honor of Digital Learning Day, February 27, 2020.   

Course on popular YouTube added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help patrons learn the basics of using the popular online video site, YouTube. The course, Intro to Searching Videos on YouTube, covers the basics of searching for videos for entertainment, instruction, “do it yourself,” and more. This 21-minute online tutorial explores how one navigates the YouTube homepage, how to perform searches, and how to create an account.

Libraries Ready to Code Opens Call for Applications: Mini-Grants for Digital Skills Programs

In advance of Digital Learning Day, ALA is opening a call for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources.

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website

CHICAGO — In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2019, in states that use the Federal Marketplace Platform, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance.

Libraries Ready to Code Opens Call for Applications: Hour of Code Mini-Grants

In advance of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual event to get students excited about coding, ALA is opening a call for applications for $300 mini-grants to

PLA to share digital skill-building tools in free September webinar

CHICAGO – Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy.

Public Library Association expands access to technology and digital skills training for rural communities with Microsoft Philanthropies

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new effort, supported by Microsoft Corp., to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills training and resources to rural libraries, helping rural populations reap the benefits of broadband internet connectivity.