"...The key message is to encourage people who are limited or non-Internet users, to learn how to do “one thing better online”..."
Tennessee Library Association's insight:
"In Spring 2013, a 3-year national public service campaign to promote digital literacy will launch. The campaign is called EveryoneOn. The key message is to encourage people who are limited or non-Internet users, to learn how to do “one thing better online”. Public libraries are key to the success of this effort because of your demonstrated commitment to providing free access to the Internet as well as to improving people’s skills (e.g. using a mouse, applying for jobs online, or creating email accounts).
Connect2Compete, the organization leading the campaign efforts, has more information that you are encouraged to review on their website. There are three resources currently available:
1) Program brief: Explains more about EveryoneOn and what to expect in the next few months and during the campaign.
2) Frequently Asked Question (FAQ): As questions arise, the document will be updated.
3) Pre-recorded, online session: Discusses much of the documentation. Can be helpful as a review or as additional staff become involved.
Because campaign details continue to evolve, updates will be sent as they become available. The first call to action will come later in February to update information about your library in the zip code locator tool to help people looking for digital literacy training or public access computers to see the library as a provider in their area.
EveryoneOn is designed to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy skills – which libraries have embraced for years. This is a great opportunity to promote public libraries as a trusted and valuable provider of free public access technology and training as we strive to build stronger communities."
via Heather Lambert, TSLA State Continuing Education Coordinator, posted on the TN-Libraries listserv
Though not by design (at least, I don’t think so), this issue features two articles about projects at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In an article based on their recent presentation at the TLA annual conference, Sara Rachels, Jim Nance, and Heidi Busch describe a collection development project stemming from participation in the annual UT Martin Civil Rights Conference. Adam Clemons, Jim Nance, and Drew Ballinger discuss a low-tech project for collecting library user feedback.
David Ratledge reflects on the changing role of systems librarians in the technology column. Also, this issue includes a tribute to the late Larry Romans written by TLA President Susan Jennings. The book reviews section, edited by Wendy Doucette, rounds out the issue with reviews of seven fiction, popular non-fiction, and academic press books with Tennessee connections.
If you presented at the TLA Conference in April and would like to submit a related manuscript, we would be happy to consider it for inclusion in the September issue. Or, if you are interested in submitting a manuscript to Tennessee Libraries or in writing a book review for a future issue, please see the links below. The Call for Papers page includes submission deadlines for 2016.
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