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Thursday, 11th November 2010

A New White Paper From the Knight Commission: Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy released, "Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action" earlier today.

From the Executive Summary:

This report offers a plan of action for how to bring digital and media literacy education into formal and informal settings through a community education movement. This work will depend on the active support of many stakeholders: educational leaders at the local, state and federal levels; trustees of public libraries; leaders of community-based organizations; state and federal officials; members of the business community; leaders in media and technology industries, and the foundation community. It will take the energy and imagination of people who recognize that the time is now to support the development of digital and media literacy education for all our nation’s citizens, young and old.

In this report, we define digital and media literacy as a constellation of life skills that are necessary for full participation in our media-saturated, information-rich society.

In addition to the release of the white paper, the Knight Commission along with the Aspen Institute held a roundtable discussion about digital and media literacy.

Renee Hobbs, Professor and Founder of Temple University’s Media Education and the author of the white paper was the featured speaker.

Roundtable Participants Included:

+ Susan Benton, President and CEO, Urban Libraries Council

+ Mamie Bittner, Deputy Director for Policy, Planning, Research, and Communications, Institute of Museum and Library Services

+ Roberta Stevens, President, American Library Association


+ Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

Summary Blog Post ||| Full Text (63 pages; PDF)

Libraries and librarians are mentioned throughout out the plan. Here's one example.

Libraries provide the general public with access to computers and the Internet and may offer programs to help people use technology tools. One third of Americans age 14 and over (about 77 million people) accessed the Internet at a public library in the past year (Becker et al., 2010). Libraries generally offer one-on-one support to patrons, helping them find information on the Internet or demonstrating how to use email and other software applications, library databases or search engines. This is the most personalized and effective form of education. Librarians connect people to jobs, news, education, services, health information, friends and family—as well as community engagement and civic participation. Librarians often model critical thinking skills in finding and evaluating information.

+ Roundtable Video (Runs About Two Hours)
A list of roundtable participants can be found here.

Source: Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

See Also: "Universal Broadband: Targeting Investments to Deliver Broadband Services to All Americans"
by Blair Levin (Knight Commission; 2010)

See Also: "Informing Communities" (Knight Commission; 2009)

Hat Tip and Thanks: Libraries and Transliteracy, Bobbi Newman


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