American Library Association Releases "Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy" Report

At the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy released a report that provides a broad overview of digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries. The report can be found here.

FCC Chairman Says Libraries Essential to Digital Literacy

A video released at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting featured FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski who thanked libraries and librarians for their support of digital literacy. An article with further information and the video can be found here.

Books to Help Children Cope With Tragedy - A Bibliography from the Department of Libraries

The Department of Libraries has created this book list to support parents, teachers and other caregivers in helping children cope with their feelings and questions which may arise in the wake of traumatic events, such as the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT.   If these books are not available in your local library, you may request them via interlibrary loan.

Books to Help Children Cope With Tragedy (PDF)

Vermont Libraries Mark Banned Books Week

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week and the Vermont Library Association has produced a video highlighting the ongoing commitment of Vermont libraries to support intellectual freedom and the freedom to read.  View the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGWTCYc1p50

 

To honor this week,  plan to attend the Vermont ACLU’s “Evening Without” to hear Vermont writers reading from banned works. The event will take place on October 4 at 7 p.m. in Montpelier. For details, go to: http://www.acluvt.org/news/evening_without.php

 

To find out more about Banned Books Week, see: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about

New Report on Department of Libraries use of LSTA Grant

New report released by Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants: An Independent Evaluation of Vermont’s Implementation of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program, 2008-2012

 http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/VTLSTAEvaluation2008-2012.pdf

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