1. The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.
2. The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.
3. A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment… Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.
The term digital literacy was simplified by Paul Gilster in his 1997 book Digital Literacy. Gilster described digital literacy as the usage and comprehension of information in the digital age. He also emphasized the importance of digital technologies as an “essential life skill.
Essentially Digital Literacy is learning how to use technology and devices in everyday life.
So what is the Library’s role?
Hopefully you know that the Library is here to help with Digital Literacy. You can bring in your device with questions and we can try to help you work through it! We offer device help at all of our locations and certain locations like Main Audio Visual are specialists.
GCFLearnFree.org provides high quality, innovative learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. This resource provides information on more than 180 topics and does so for free through 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and over 50 interactives and games. https://www.gcflearnfree.org/
Lynda.com is an online learning site of over 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. The courses cover a variety of topics covering design, business, office software, and personal and professional goals. Certificates of completion can be printed and uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. http://lynda.com/portal/patron…
Free videos and article tutorials on how to use popular websites like Netflix, Amazon, and Gmail as well as various social networks. Tutorials are geared towards baby boomer, senior learners, and inexperienced internet users. https://techboomers.com/
Curating this booklist brings back many fond memories of mine as I used to teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) while living as an ex-pat overseas. If you’re an educator like I am, you are well aware that finding suitable reading material can be both arduous and heartbreaking. I hope this list makes it a bit easier for you.