Digital Literacy Resource Collection
The Washington State Library is pleased to provide this portal combining digital literacy tools developed in Washington State as well as national project information about digital literacy for libraries and the public. Resources include help with computing skills, job seeking, online security and safety, tech tips & terminology, accessibility, portals, and training for library staff.
What is Digital Literacy?
From the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy); Digital Literacy is defined as:
… the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.
A digitally literate person:
- possesses the variety of skills, cognitive and technical, required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
- is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved;
- understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information;
- uses these skills and the appropriate technologies to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion the general public;
- uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.
You can find the full report on ALA's District Dispatch
Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Program
Microsoft Digital Literacy is for anyone with basic reading skills who wants to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library receives funding from the legislature for the Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Program. Building on the skills covered in Microsoft's Digital Literacy courses, online learning resources from the Microsoft Imagine Academy are grouped into 4 learning pathways identified by industry experts as leading to high-demand, future-ready employability; these are productivity, computer science, IT infrastructure, and data science. The Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Program also provides statewide access to LinkedIn Learning, with content from the popular online learning platform, Lynda.com. LinkedIn Learning is accessible with a library card from any Washington public library (including the State Library), via the libraries' website.
Cisco Networking Academy
Through a partnership with Cisco, the Washington State Library provides access to online courses ranging from basic computing to programming and cybersecurity, through the Cisco Networking Academy.
EveryoneOn is powered by Connect2Compete. Connect2Compete aims to eliminate the digital divide by providing high speed, low-cost Internet and computers, and free digital literacy training to all Americans. Learn more at everyoneon.org.
DigitalLearn offers free learning tools to help make technology work for you. Learn more at digitallearn.org.
For almost 20 years, the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF)'s GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA planning initiative grew out of an October 2010 meeting at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which brought together over 40 representatives from foundations, research institutions, cultural organizations, government, and libraries to discuss best approaches to building a national digital library. Learn more at dp.la
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).