Montclair Public Library Joins 160 Libraries Nationwide Conducting Digital Literacy Trainings

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair Public Library is among over 160 public libraries nationwide awarded funding by the Public Library Association (PLA) to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA’s free training site, Digitallearn.org. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T, provides support to libraries of all sizes to conduct digital literacy training in their communities and help close the digital divide.

From November 30 through January 18, MPL will use the funds to offer basic digital literacy classes on several topics such as internet basics, email basics, cyber security, and video conferencing. Registrants can also participate in optional practice sessions held after each topic is presented. Each session will be taught in-person (in English) by a library staff member and translated into Spanish by an onsite interpreter. Register at montclairlibrary.org/pla.

“We are so honored to be part of the Public Library Association’s Digital Literacy initiative,” said MPL Director Janet Torsney. “These resources enable us to expand our technical learning initiatives and options for Spanish-language speakers.”

“The mission of libraries has always been about 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 PLA 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 classes. Staffing and funding were the top barriers to providing technology 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.”

Visit montclairlibrary.org for more information.

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