What is DigitalLearn.org?
The Public Library Association's new site, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. The site launched in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation. DigitalLearn.org is being undertaken in partnership with ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as well as bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders including representatives from national agencies, state libraries, public libraries, community organizations, and many others. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.
Want to support PLA's efforts to strengthen public libraries, community organizations, and the communities they serve? Your donation, volunteer time, or other asssistance will help us improve DigitalLearn.org.
Spread the Word
We want as many people as possible to hear about DigitalLearn.org, so please spread the word through email, facebook, articles, twitter, blogs, webinars, tumblr, conferences, or find your own unique way to let people know about the site. We have created a basic powerpoint deck to help with any presentations you may be doing about the site, head over to slideshare to download the slides and notes.
Meet the staff
Barb Macikas, Executive Director of the Public Library Association
Barb has worked in state and national nonprofits all of her career, most related to libraries, because she believes in the power of public libraries to build strong communities. She has spent thirteen years at PLA, three of them as executive director and works with the fantastic staff, board and membership to develop the tools and resources public libraries need to achieve their goals. DigitalLearn.org is one of those resources. Barb also reads, runs, and volunteers, especially for her local humane society.
Scott Allen, MS, Program Manager for the Public Library Association
Scott works on DigitalLearn.org, the Legacy grant, family engagement, the PLA Partners program, health-related activity, and other programs. Previously, Scott was the Education Director at PLA. Scott has also served as Executive Director at the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), where he initiated new quality improvement and education programs that received national recognition. In his spare time, Scott is trying to run a half marathon in every state and burn thousands of vinyl records he has had since childhood into MP3s.
Jamie Hollier, Project Manager for DigitalLearn.org
Jamie Hollier is a project manager and consultant who is passionate about technology and the ways it can be used to create stronger communities. Jamie is working with the Public Library Association to provide project management for DigitalLearn.org. She is the owner of Anneal, a library consulting firm, and a partner at Commerce Kitchen, a web design, development, and marketing company. Jamie is also a talented metalsmith and devout foodie.
Lian Drago, Program Officer for the Public Library Association
Lian Drago has worked on various PLA projects such as DigitalLearn.org, Turning the Page Online, Public Libraries Online and ALA’s Emerging Leaders program. She graduated from Dominican University with her MLIS in May 2012 and is a huge advocate of increasing technology and digital literacy in the public library. In her spare time, she is a volunteer beekeeper at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy
The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.
ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services drives activities around three professional issues which collectively support equity and inclusion as fundamental values of the association. Relationships and major initiatives undertaken by the Office across these three issues help ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and association to best position ALA as a trusted, leading advocate for equitable access to library services for all.
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
COSLA consists of the head of the statewide library development agency in each of the 50 states, several territories, and the District of Columbia. We focus our work in 3 areas:
- Providing leadership on issues of common concern and national interest,
- Furthering state library agency relationships with the federal government and national organizations, and
- Initiating, maintaining and supporting cooperative action for the improvement of library services.
COSLA offers its members mutual support and the opportunity through group action to affect policy of importance to library services and information delivery.