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ALA to Conduct Survey on Digital Literacy, Community Needs
Starting this September, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research & Statisticsand the University of Maryland Information Policy & Access Center will begin capturing information about the vital roles public libraries play in supporting digital inclusion. The Digital Inclusion Survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and public access to the internet.
Funded by a three-year, National Leadership Grant award from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the study builds on the long-running Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, which provided a “state of the library” report on the technology resources brokered by libraries and the funding that enables free public access to these resources.
The survey will provide national and state estimates, but more importantly, will interactively show public libraries in context with community-level data (e.g., graduation and unemployment rates). Survey participants will be able to identify community impacts of library public computer and Internet access; identify gaps in technology services based on community needs and demographics; and demonstrate library contributions to community digital inclusion efforts.
Examples of how survey data can be used, as well as other information about the study, can be found at http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu/. The survey goes live Sept. 3, 2013. A follow up to this article will be published in the September 4th edition of The Wednesday Word.
Online Resources Available for Library Card Sign-up Month
Indiana libraries can download promotional material such as digital, print and audio PSA’s featuring Deng on the Library Card Sign-up Month 2013 website. Also check out these additional resources, such as sample press releases, bookmarks, programming ideas and the new "60 Ways to Use Your Library Card" feature.
Indiana libraries are also encouraged to follow atyourlibrary.org during Library Card Sign-up Month at the #lcsum13 and #librarycard hashtags and like atyourlibrary.org on Facebook. You are also welcome to submit your programming plans or additional questions to Megan McFarlane, campaign coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Library, Net Literacy Offering Free Public Access CPUs
The Indiana State Library, in partnership with Net Literacy, is offering free, rebuilt public access computers. These computers are available to any public, school, or institutional library in Indiana. Please visit Net Literacy’s website to learn more about the organization and their efforts to improve digital literacy nationwide.
These refurbished computers are all running Windows 7 and have a minimum of 1GB ram, 40GB or larger hard drives, Ethernet cards, antivirus software and will be delivered ready to be connected to the Internet. A limited number of monitors are also available; both flat screen and CRT models.
To request computer(s) for your library, please complete this brief questionnaire by August 20th, 2013.
Register Today for Story
Register today for Story Time Boot Camp. Space is limited and many locations may fill up quickly. Visit the WebJunction Indiana Online Calendar to secure your spot. Locations:
Rushville PL: 8/27 @ 9:00 AM
Carmel Clay PL: 9/5 @ 9:00 AM
Vermillion Co. PL: 9/12 @ 9:00 AM
Allen County PL: 9/17 @ 1:30 PM
Ohio Twp PL System: 9/18 @ Noon (CDT)
New Albany Floyd Co. PL: 9/26 @ 10:00 AM
Mooresville PL: 10/3 @ 9:00 AM
Jay County PL: 10/18 @ 9:30 AM
Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30 @ 9:30 AM
New Director and Refresher Workshop
2013 CYPD Conference
Storytime Boot Camp
2013 SAMS Conference
ILF Annual Conference
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