The Public Library Association (PLA) website, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. The site launched in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation. DigitalLearn.org was originally undertaken in partnership with ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, along with representatives from national agencies, state libraries, public libraries, community organizations, and many others.
Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices. Since the site’s launch in 2013, DigitalLearn.org has had almost 1.5 million page views, 186,000 site visitors, and almost 50,000 course completions.
In 2016, a new updated version of DigitalLearn.org launched in partnership with the Chicago Public Library. This partnership brought new functionality to the site, including the ability to stand up custom sites for public library systems. Other recent and upcoming updates include the addition of new courses, translation of courses into Spanish, and the addition of templates and other tools to help libraries do in-person training.
More information about PLA and its digital literacy initiatives are available at www.pla.org and www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/digitalliteracy.