Join us on October 1st for The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center, a dynamic day-long online conversation about our shared digital future.
It’s not too late to register for this great lineup of speakers and topics, including:
Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance
This session will discuss the challenges of promoting digital adoption and digital literacy in the post-Snowden era of widespread reports of government and corporate surveillance of internet traffic. It will discuss teaching techniques to distinguish well-founded skepticism from unfounded skepticism and helping digital learners do a cost benefit analysis in a learning environment based on respect and consent. The session hopes to touch on interpreting concepts like “free”, “open”, “private”, “commercial”, and “non-commercial” in their digital context, and conclude with some practical resources for increasing online privacy (DuckDuckGo, Disconnect.me, and others)
Scott Pinkelman, Digital Literacy Innovation Specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)
Implementing New Digital Strategies in Response to a Community Emergency: The Queens Library Post Super-storm Sandy
In October of 2012, Super-storm Sandy devastated the Rockaways. Queens Library stepped up to provide critical crisis information services in the weeks that followed. Among the most requested service was access to online information as thousands of Queens residents lost both connectivity as well as their digital technology in the storm’s aftermath. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Google combined to donate 5,000 Google Tablets to Queens Library for use in those affected areas, the library stepped up. But how to respond when broadband access was scarce or not available? QPL used this lack of Wi-Fi access as a design inspiration and a springboard for innovation. QPL built a tablet platform loaded with Queens Library content– useful with or without Wi-Fi. Today library customers in and beyond Queens’s storm affected areas have access to curated, practical resources with a special focus on resources that aid their economic viability. Lessons learned from this work should spark new thinking about the central role of public libraries in community informatics and disaster assistance and recovery. This presentation will outline how Queens Library developed a proprietary interface platform preloaded with specific community resources and customized content to assist the community in finding information about disaster relief, housing, jobs, education, community health, and immigration information. Queens Library received the 2014 ALA Library of the Future
Kelvin Watson, VP Digital Strategy and Services, Queens Library (NY)