Nebraska Libraries Invited to Participate in EveryoneOn

Connect2Compete Digital Literacy/EveryoneOn in Nebraska

EveryoneOn is a national campaign powered by Connect2Compete—a national nonprofit organization—bringing together leaders from communities, the private sector, and leading foundations. Through our programs and the power of technology, we will improve the lives of Americans – regardless of their age, race, geography, income, or education level. The use of technology to access educational content is necessary to ensure future generations can compete in the global economy and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Connect2Compete will promote the importance of digital literacy skills and increase access to free computer and Internet training classes. The EveryoneOn campaign aims to help the millions of Americans who do not have the digital literacy skills they need to succeed and help them understand the relevance the Internet has in their lives. Connect2Compete plans to expand its program to all 50 states in the coming months.

Nebraska libraries can check out the plans for this campaign at http://everyoneon.adcouncil.org/. The Ad Council has created resources to describe the importance of EveryoneOn and to promote digital literacy in local communities. Libraries can begin using these materials at any time if they are ready and interested. Additional resources will continue to become available in the coming months. The toolkit currently includes:

• Background information

• Downloadable posters, postcards, table cards, flyers, and graphics

• Tips on using the campaign materials and spreading the word

In the coming weeks, libraries will be invited to view a webinar that will discuss EveryoneOn, including the toolkit materials and how they can be used to support these efforts. The campaign launches on March 21, 2013, and several cities are working directly with Connect2Compete to host a local event to support EveryoneOn. In addition, Webjunction has scheduled a Webinar, Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community, for April 10, 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT, http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Engaging_Stakeholders_Digitally_Inclusive_Community.html . We look forward to additional activities and roll-outs in communities across the US over the next three years.

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