For immediate release | December 4, 2012

ALA to host webinar on digital literacy and libraries

CHICAGO — As the technology landscape continues to evolve rapidly, every information professional must be prepared to teach meaningful digital skills to their communities. But how do librarians and educators keep up with the continual stream of new advancements?

To facilitate a national dialogue on digital literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” from 7 - 8 p.m. EST on Dec. 11, 2012. The December webinar, which will be hosted by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force, is a follow-up to the highly attended webinar that the ALA hosted in November.

In this national conversation, which will be moderated by OITP Fellow Dr. Renee Hobbs, attendees will hear from participants who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs. Topics will include:

  • How do we motivate and support library staff in staying current?;
  • What are the perceived obstacles that interfere with the continuing education process?;
  • What resources or continuous learning models already are available to the profession, and what are their pros/cons?

WHEN: From 7 - 8 p.m. EST, Dec. 11, 2012

WHO: Karen Hanson, federal program officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce

- Julie Coiro, assistant professor, University of Rhode Island School of Education

- Moderated by: Dr. Renee Hobbs, ALA OITP Fellow

RSVP: To RSVP for the webinar (which will be streamed live at, email OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line.


Jazzy Wright