Application Support

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada (www.culc.ca) is submitting a national strategy as an application for public libraries for the recently announced Digital Literacy Exchange Program. It will be a partner-based application that will work with library organizations that can ensure all libraries, regardless of whether they are CULC/CBUC members or not, have access to this program.

The program is here: www.ic.gc.ca
 
CULC/CBUC needs your help with completing the application for the Digital Literacy Exchange program. We are looking for data, anecdotes, and specific examples of the programs your library is involved with to share with the government.
 
Fundamental Digital Literacy Skills 
Fundamental digital literacy skills are skills needed to engage with computers and the Internet. These skills include: the ability to use computer programs such as word processors, web browsers, email and other communication tools; the ability to access and use knowledge resources such as search engines and online databases; and the ability to access emerging technologies such as cloud computing. 

Analytical skills to comprehend, contextualize and critically evaluate digital media are also important to couple with these basic technical skills (e.g. analytical skills to help make informed decisions on sharing personal information).

Under-represented Groups in the Digital Economy 
  • Persons with disabilities 
  • Indigenous people 
  • Individuals who have not completed high school 
  • Residents of rural and remote areas * 
  • Language Minorities** 
  • Persons who have low-income 
  • Individuals aged 65 and older 
  • Newcomers to Canada
*Rural and remote areas are non-metro localities (i.e., with a population density less than 100,000 inhabitants and with a distance that is outside the commuting zone of these metro centres).
 
** Individuals whose first language is not English.
 
Program Objectives
  • Increase the number of Canadians using the Internet in their day-to-day lives and increase overall participation by Canadians in the digital economy.
  • Ensure that all Canadians have the necessary skills to use the Internet safely and effectively.
  • Improve the confidence and skills of under-represented groups in using the Internet.

By committing to this single application for public libraries in no way is a guarantee that funding will be awarded now or in the future. It is an effort to demonstrate a united public library community for the DLE program.

* 1. Institution Name

* 2. Contact Name

* 3. Email Address

* 4. What is the total population you serve?

* 5. Number of Registered Borrowers/Active Users

* 6. Does you library currently use Project Outcome (projectoutcome.org)?

* 7. Is your website available in different languages?

* 8. Does your library provide any programming in different languages?

* 9. Do you provide services in different languages?

* 10. Does your library have partnerships in your community with the following groups?

  Yes, we have a formal partnership with a written agreement for shared resources Yes, they use library resources/space for activities No We would use the funding to establish a partnership
Persons with Disabilities
Indigenous people
Individuals who have not completed high school
Residents of rural and remote areas (non-metro localities)
Language minorities (first language is not English)
Persons who have low-income
Individuals aged 65 and older
Newcomers to Canada

* 11. Does your library provide digital literacy programming/services directed to the following groups?

  Yes No
Persons with Disabilities
Indigenous people
Individuals who have not completed high school
Residents of rural and remote areas (non-metro localities)
Language minorities (first language is not English)
Persons who have low-income
Individuals aged 65 and older
Newcomers to Canada
All library users, anyone can participate

* 12. Does your library collect statistics about digital literacy programming/services directed to the following groups?

  Yes No
Persons with Disabilities
Indigenous people
Individuals who have not completed high school
Residents of rural and remote areas (non-metro localities)
Language minorities (first language is not English)
Persons who have low-income
Individuals aged 65 and older
Newcomers to Canada
We just collect statistics based on all participants

* 13. For the programs referenced above do you collect participant information?

* 14. Please provide a short description of a digital literacy program or activity at your library that targets at least one of the under represented groups.

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