What is Digital Literacy? Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
21 st Century Libraries
2012-13 NYS Broadband Annual Report
2012-13 NYS Broadband Annual Report
Public Libraries and Digital Literacy Issue Brief State Level Details for New York New York libraries which offer the only free access to computers / Internet in their communities
Public Libraries and Digital Literacy Issue Brief
Goal #2: Close the Digital Divide and Increase Digital Literacy Levels in Unserved and Underserved, Urban and Rural Communities. Strategies Develop programs that focus on increasing digital literacy levels for homes at or below the poverty level; Adopt statewide digital literacy standards to ensure educational programs incorporate minimum computer proficiency standards; Partner with public and private community- based computer training organizations to provide access to training for people without computers in the home or business. New York State Universal Broadband Strategic Roadmap, June 2009
Public libraries are among the most ubiquitous community centers in the state, reaching far into rural areas and deep into urban neighborhoods. Libraries are an ideal end point for distribution of workforce development and other governmental services. New York State Universal Broadband Strategic Roadmap, June 2009
Since public libraries have a presence in almost all communities across the state, and in recognition of their expertise in providing information and capacity to serve diverse populations, state agencies can officially engage or deputize public libraries to supplement the states efforts to serve the unemployed and disadvantaged population. New York State Universal Broadband Strategic Roadmap, June 2009
Digital Literacy Principles for New Yorkers Critical Thinking Inquire, think critically and gain knowledge using technology. Use critical thinking skills to conduct research, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Creativity and Innovation Demonstrate creative thinking; develop innovative products and processes using technology. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to using new technology concepts, and create new knowledge.
Communication and Collaboration Use digital media and technology tools and environments to communicate and work collaboratively including at a distance. Technology Usage for Personal Development Develop an appreciation for ideas and the application of information in pursuit of personal growth. Demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology in the practice of life-long learning. Digital Citizenship and Ethics Participate in sharing information using technology & understanding human, cultural & societal issues related to technology. Practice legal, ethical, & safe online behavior when using technology. Adopted 2009, revised Dec 2011
Basic Technology Knowledge Use contemporary technology tools. Basic Software Skills Use the basic features of common software. Basic Internet, Communication and Security Skills Use and navigate the Internet, use email, and use technology safely. Effectively Use Information NYS Digital Literacy Skill Set Adopted 2009, revised Dec 2011
Broadband Mapping Project NYS Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) Originally a 4-year project, 2010-2014 Reduced to 3-year project, 2011-2014 ARRA stimulus grant through NTIA New York Libraries: Leading the Way to Digital Literacy
New York Libraries: Leading the Way to Digital Literacy Use state-approved Digital Literacy Standards to develop curricula for use by library staff to train the public. Develop web site for use by trainers and the public. Provide train-the-trainer workshops, over three years, to 1,440 librarians across 755 public libraries in New York.
especially rural and inner city 565 public libraries (75%) 1080 library staff (75%) Trainers Other library staff New Yorkers Other library staff New Yorkers Ideally..