by American Library Association
American Library Association. (2013). Digital literacy, libraries, and public policy. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=digital%20literacy%2C%20libraries%2C%20and%20public%20policy&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.districtdispatch.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F01%2F2012_OITP_digilitreport_1_22_13.pdf&ei=-1uJUamWEKGciQKe0YDwDQ&usg=AFQjCNFet2JvNFCKXTs7MuoFbZgCVVJSNg&bvm=bv.46226182,d.cGE
A compelling report about the need for libraries in the quest for minimizing the digital divide. The article discusses the necessity of digital literacy in today’s world, from its role in education to obtaining a job. Digital literacy requires reading, writing, cognitive, and technical skills, all of which can be enhanced by using library resources.
Libraries are uniquely positioned in the community to teach digital literacy skills; people of all ages, incomes, language backgrounds, etc... are allowed access to libraries. Libraries support literacy of all kinds, are central in the community, provide access to technology and are information hubs.
It is in Libraries’ interest to be vocal about their role in the digital landscape since it is an important issue that shareholders/government/communities care about; It shows libraries are needed in all types of communities.
There are many challenges faced by libraries in relation to digital literacy. Often, the libraries’ role in digital literacy is not known or valued by its patrons. Libraries are facing hard economic times and so have difficulty finding resources to support digital literacy. A library needs to ensure that current and future librarians are trained to be able to pass on knowledge about digital technology and to create appropriate programming.