CVCL among 160 libraries nationwide to organize digital literacy trainings funded by PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive


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Green Camp News – Camp Verde Community Library is one of more than 160 public libraries nationwide that have received funding from the Public Library Association (PLA) to conduct digital literacy workshops using resources from Digitallearn.org. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T, helps libraries of all sizes organize digital literacy training in their communities and bridge the digital divide.

The Techno Wizards Information and Technology courses will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 and will run for 7 weeks in the Terracotta Room at the Camp Verde Community Library. There will be a 4-week course for Spanish speakers starting in January 2023. Course registration is encouraged, as handheld devices are limited to 15. Bring your own mobile device for Android and iOS programs and if you wish , bring your own laptop for one of the other programs. Register for the courses you want on the library’s events calendar at bit.ly/3EuJjHQ

With the funds provided, the Camp Verde Community Library was able to purchase 15 laptops for the Techno Wizards courses. With these laptops and the volunteer-led trainings, the Camp Verde Community Library hopes to provide digital knowledge to the community for many years to come.

“The mission of libraries has always been to provide equitable access to information, literacy, learning and culture. In the age of COVID-19, this mission has only become vital as libraries have played a critical role in keeping communities connected and online,” said APL President Maria McCauley. “A 2020 PLA ​​survey found that about 88% of public libraries provide some form of digital literacy support, but only 42% offer formal courses. Staffing and funding were the biggest barriers to delivering digital literacy training. AT&T’s investment with PLA and public libraries nationwide will boost access to digital literacy skills for the most vulnerable in our communities.

PLA’s free training site, Digitallearn.org, helps community members build their skills and confidence using technology. The Camp Verde Community Library will help customers use these resources in an upcoming workshop to be held in person at the Camp Verde Community Library starting in October. More details will be announced this fall.

About the Camp Verde Community Library
At the Camp Verde Community Library, we connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the expanding world of information, ideas, and creative experiences through free and equitable access to library resources. The Physical Library is located just off Montezuma Castle Highway at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. Find the online library at www.campverde.az.gov/cvcl. For more information on this or any other library program, call us at 554-8380.

About the Association of Public Libraries
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small, in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or [email protected]

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T
We are committed to advancing education, creating opportunity and strengthening communities. and improve life. As part of our $2 billion company-wide commitment from 2021 to 2023 to bridge the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy and solutions educational. Our goal is to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside the classroom. Since 2008, we’ve committed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world, especially those in underserved communities.

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