For immediate release | June 17, 2013

Digital literacy tool website launches at Annual

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new online hub for digital literacy support and training will launch at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians who provide training or assistance with digital literacy in their libraries are encouraged to participate in the launch of the new online resource

The launch of will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the McCormick Place convention center room N139. The conference session will provide an overview of the digital literacy website and an opportunity to discuss the ways that DigitalLearn interfaces with other initiatives.

Session speakers include Jamie Hollier, DigitalLearn project manager, and the Web development team that built the website. Additionally, the session will include a panel that will share how they intend to utilize this new site in their organizations. Panelists include Richard Kong, digital services manager, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Library; Shane Southwick, OWL network coordinator, Alaska State Library; and Crystal Schimpf, program manager, Community Technology Network. is being undertaken in partnership with ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including representatives from national agencies, public libraries, community organizations and many others. The online resource builds upon and the efforts of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation.

The new website is managed by the Public Library Association and funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

American Library Association

Washington Office