State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries
In their January 2013 Digital Literacy Task Force Report, the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (ALA OITP) defines digital literacy as the following:
“Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.”1
Key findings from the press kit, executive summary, and full report state that from a national perspective:
• 62% of libraries report that they are the only source of free Internet access in their communities.
• More than 90% of public libraries offer formal or informal technology training.
• 91% of public libraries provide free Wi-Fi, and 74% of libraries report use of Wi-Fi increased in 2011.
• Over 60% of libraries report increased use of public access workstations.
• 65% of libraries report having an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand.
• 57% of libraries report flat or decreased operating budgets in FY2011.
• For the third year in a row, 40% of state libraries report decreased state funding for public libraries.1
What if LRS offers technology training at the SC Public Library?