Today marks the launch of Everyone On – a national campaign to promote the importance of digital literacy skills and increase access to computer and Internet training. I just took the EveryoneOn pledge to help at least one person learn how to do something better online. Librarians take that pledge every day, and that’s why public libraries have been partnering with Connect 2 Compete to make sure people know where to find resources in their communities.
Often those resources are at public libraries. According to the most recent library technology report from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly every one of the 16,400+ public library buildings in America offers free access to computers and the Internet; 44% of public libraries offer formal digital literacy courses; and a third of public libraries (34.8%) invite patrons to schedule one-on-one appointments with a librarian to get coaching on digital access. Even at those libraries without formal classes, a librarian is usually ready to help people access a computer and the Internet. Patrons can also get online assistance through DigitalLearn.org, a new site developed by ALA.
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc