Digital Literacy Committee – January–June 2024 Report


The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

After reviewing the current PLA Strategic Plan, please tell us:

Describe the current work of this committee and how it supports our strategic goals. Include work accomplished, decisions made, and any recommended follow-up actions.
The Committee met in January and selected 2 goals to focus on in2024. Below are the goals and the work conducted on them.

How can the committee help PLA improve resources for the field.
In May PLA staff arranged a meeting with PL, ALA, ULC , representative libraries and Microsoft to discussed Microsoft change in licensing from educational to nonprofit for libraries. The discussion included both financial and access impacts as well as scalability from small or rural libraries to lager urban systems. This discussion will continue

Increase the visibility of PLA resources and strengthen libraries' ability to advance community digital literacy.
The January meeting included discussions on Digital literacy sessions and preconference sessions at LibLeanx, and PLA. Over 7 sessions were presented at these conferences.
The June meeting will feature the topic Expanding information access for people who are incarcerated with Estelle Yim, Digital Literacy Fellow, San Francisco Public Library as the speaker. FA follow up action from this could be how Digital Learn resources can be utilized for this group

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
Under Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion there are opportunities to provide digitally literacy skills to underrepresented groups by expanding Digital Learn offerings in other languages.

What recommendations do you have for in-coming committee members? Are there particular streams of
work in progress to be carried over into the new committee year?
(January–June reporting period only)
The January meeting included a discussion about the shift from a Commitee to an Advisory Group. A review of the Charter and Project Outcomes was also conducted. This work and change management should continue as the change becomes Effective July 1.

What specific activities will this committee undertake over the next six months to support that alignment? (July–December reporting period only)

Are there other PLA or ALA committees whose partnership and collaboration would accelerate meeting PLA strategic goals?
Communcation with the PLA Technolgy Advisory Group would be helpful in establishing the digital literacy skills needed for emerging technology such as AI and the skillsets needed to participate in society as the pace of technology evolution continues to increase.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?

Submitted by Julianne Rist on 06/07/2024

Digital Literacy Committee – July–December 2024 Report


The group met 1 time this reporting period.

After reviewing the current PLA Strategic Plan, please tell us:

Describe the current work of this committee and how it supports our strategic goals. Include work accomplished, decisions made, and any recommended follow-up actions.
The Digital Literacy Committe met in September 2023 to discuss their goals for the year which included;
o How can the committee help PLA improve resources for the field
o Increase the visibility of PLA resources, and strengthen libraries' ability to advance community digital literacy?
For the goal of increasing visibility, we discussed how to expand promotion of the work of libraries on digital literacy, PLA grant/ incentive funding opportunities and use of Digital learn platform and suite of classes. This work supports the Advocacy and Awareness focus of the strategic goals. There is now an identified contact at COSLA for PLA staff to send information on Digital Literacy opportunities that will be forwarded to the national COSLA group, expanding our reach for promotion and advocacy outside for PLA/ALA.

Other work of the group supports Advocacy and Awareness as well is Professional Develpoment. The Digital Literacy Advisory Group is encouraging sharing by members of their innovative work on programs and services they are offering on ALA Connect, and blog posts. Also, we are encouraging members to work with PLA and local library associations in offering webinars or other presentations on their own digital literacy work. We have had a member present at a local conference, several blog posts, and library systems of members present as state conferences.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
Under Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion there are opportunities to provide digitally literacy skills to underrepresented groups by expanding Digital Learn offerings in other languages.

What recommendations do you have for in-coming committee members? Are there particular streams of
work in progress to be carried over into the new committee year?
(January–June reporting period only)
This would be included in the next reporting period.

What specific activities will this committee undertake over the next six months to support that alignment? (July–December reporting period only)

Are there other PLA or ALA committees whose partnership and collaboration would accelerate meeting PLA strategic goals?
Communcation with the PLA Technolgy Advisory Group would be helpful in establishing the digital literacy skills need for emerging technology such as AI and the skillsets needed to participate in society as the pace of technology evolution continues to increase. This would support both professional growth and advocacy and awareness. It would also support the EDISJ lens as underrepresented groups are often left behind in the adaptation of new technology. The is still a prevalent assumption everyone has a smart phone or computer and knows how to use it.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?

Submitted by Julianne Rist on 01/05/2024

Digital Literacy Committee – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 1 time this reporting period.

After reviewing the current PLA Strategic Plan, please tell us:

Describe the current work of this committee and how it supports our strategic goals. Include work accomplished, decisions made, and any recommended follow-up actions.
The committee worked to support the advancement of digital literacy through PLA’s DigitalLearn website. The promotion of the site supports the strategic goals of EDISJ, Transformation, and Advocacy and Awareness.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
The work of the committee aligns well with the strategic goals. The committee can expand its work to incorporate other goals such as professional development by engaging members in conference presentations.

What recommendations do you have for in-coming committee members? Are there particular streams of
work in progress to be carried over into the new committee year?
(January–June reporting period only)
We recommend that committee members play a more active role in reviewing and giving feedback on, using, and promoting DigitalLearn and related digital literacy resources to the field.

At ALA Annual Conference, committee members will meet and discuss the transition to new members and what will be carried over or adding in the coming six months. DigitalLearn will continue to be a priority.

What specific activities will this committee undertake over the next six months to support that alignment? (July–December reporting period only)

Are there other PLA or ALA committees whose partnership and collaboration would accelerate meeting PLA strategic goals?
It may be helpful to consult with other committees such as the EDISJ committee to consider alignment. There also may be intersections with the Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships committee and ALA Literacy Committee.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?

Submitted by Angela Craig, Kelvin Watson on 06/09/2023

Digital Literacy Committee – April–August 2021 Report


The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Advised on and launched PLA’s new partnership with AT&T, which is a $690,000 grant that will update 10 DigitalLearn courses and develop 2 new courses, create a AT&T DigitalLearn site, and fund libraries to do technology training programs.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Transformation

Second Activity
Continued to promote DigitalLearn and work with individual libraries to purchase and brand their own DigitalLearn sites. During the period, one new site was launched (Miami-Dade County Public Library) and two new library systems started the process with PLA.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Organizational Excellence, Transformation

Third Activity
Advised on PLA’s partnerships with Microsoft, which include providing Wi-Fi access points to rural libraries to extend their signals and working with four urban libraries to promote skilling and certification and provide free computers to learners impacted negatively by COVID-19.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Fourth Activity
Submitted a program, New Challenges – and Solutions! – for Your Technology Skilling and Workforce Programming, for LibLearnX, which will cover upskilling older adults, engaging Black and Latinx populations who suffered from longstanding inequities, moving beyond computer basics, and teaching technology skills virtually.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Fifth Activity
Brainstormed on how the committee and PLA can address services to the formerly incarcerated, increase library focus on certifications and other training that leads to employment, ensure staff competency in terms of technology, and other issues.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Completing the Microsoft and AT&T projects, orienting new committee members, reviewing potential updates and new content for DigitalLearn, and planning educational initiatives for libraries that help them do skilling programs for communities and for staff

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
No

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
Over the past few years, the committee has brainstormed many topics and potential agendas for educational programming in various formats (day-long regional trainings, “micro-lessons” delivered via YouTube or Tik Tok, etc.)

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
Given its increasing focus on digital equity, the committee is interested in strengthening relationships with the Black Caucus American Library Association, REFORMA, and others

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
No

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No

Submitted by Brandy McNeil on 09/03/2021

Digital Literacy Committee – April–August 2020 Report


The group met 0 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Advised on the development of a new PLA/Microsoft initiative launched in May 2020, which is providing 80+ library sites with WiFi access points to extend signals during and beyond COVID closures.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Organizational Excellence

Second Activity
Since the pandemic, PLA has been promoting DigitalLearn.org on-demand content and services available to members so they can increase their own and their patrons’ digital skills to succeed in a virtual environment.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Creating a plan for updating the Tech Classes available on DigitalLearn.org.

Creating user pathways for DigitalLearn website based on role (user, instructor, and researcher) and add resources for the researcher role.

Brandy McNeil and Chelsea Jordan-Makely will be presenting a session on digital literacy skills at the Computers in Libraries virtual conference in September (rescheduled from March).

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
Not at this time. Keep advocating for broadband internet access to become a public utility!

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
A digital services internship with PLA would be wonderful. Our idea is to work with the ALA accredited library schools to create a “virtual” internship where students could get course credit for helping to vet, update, and manage content on DigitalLearn.org. This could include both the eLearning modules as well as the instructor materials.

Create a DigitalLearn.org Technology Competency learning and evaluation module to add to the Tools for Trainers site for library staffers’ to be able to acquire and test technology competencies.

Monetize Digitallearn.org with different usage categories.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
LITA. Perhaps some of their members would be willing to work with us to help create an evaluation tool for tech competencies?

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
Yes (if yes, PLA will contact you for more information)

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No. We had to suspend all committee activities during the last 5 months due to COVID and the need to focus on our individual libraries (hence, the note about attendance above).

Submitted by Monica Dombrowski on 08/07/2020

Digital Literacy Committee – September–March 2020 Report


The group met 4-6 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Delivered session at ARSL Conference.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Second Activity
Delivered half-day pre-conference session at PLA Conference.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Third Activity
Presented work of committee and PLA at various conferences and on webinars.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fourth Activity
Committee members contacted state and local congressional leaders to oppose MacMillan Publishing’s eBook embargo.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Fifth Activity
Continue to work with Microsoft and Google to expand our existing partnerships.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Creating a plan to update the online courses in DigitalLearn.org

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
A digital services internship with PLA would be wonderful. Our idea is to work with the ALA accredited library schools to create a “virtual” internship where students could get course credit for helping to vet, update, and manage content on DigitalLearn.org. This could include both the eLearning modules as well as the instructor materials.

Create a DigitalLearn.org Technology Competency learning and evaluation module to add to the Tools for Trainers site for library staffers’ to be able to acquire and test technology competencies.

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
See above.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
LITA

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
No

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No.

Submitted by Monica Dombrowski on 02/24/2020

Digital Literacy Committee – April–August 2019 Report


The group met 4-6 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Created a draft technology proficiencies checklist/resource list.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Second Activity
Published an article " 5 Tips for Teaching Tech to Seniors" in PLA's online magazine.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Transformation

Third Activity
Presented a News You Can Use session at ALA Annual 2019 entitled "The Digital Literacy Frontier: From Broadband Access to Skill Development."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fourth Activity
Presented a program at ALA Annual 2019 in partnership with LITA entitled "Creating Tech Partnerships for Libraries Small to Large."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fifth Activity
Implemented a partnership with Microsoft entitled "DigitalLead: Rural Libraries Creating New Possibilities."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence, Transformation

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Rolling out the technology proficiencies checklist and creating an assessment tool to support it; expanding user resources for the DigitalLead partnership program; developing several educational opportunities that include a webinar, a program for the 2019 ARSL conference, a program for the Computers in Libraries 2020 conference; holding a focus group of small and rural librarians' development needs at the 2019 ARSL conference; creating user pathways for the DigitalLearn website based on role; creating a plan to keep the 85+ classes on the DigitalLearn website updated; on-boarding six new committee members.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
We have been discussing the idea of a paid internship to help us keep the DigitalLearn classes updated but still need to work out some details. We hope to have something ready for consideration by to the Board for their March 2020 meeting.

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
Not at this time.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
LITA. Perhaps some of their members would be willing to work with us to create an evaluation tool that libraries could use to assess technology proficiencies of their staff.

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
Yes (if yes, PLA will contact you for more information)

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Not at this time.

Submitted by Monica Dombrowski on 08/22/2019