Digital Literacy

In a time where we rely so heavily on digital connectivity, how can we ensure that library communities have the resources and support they need to stay connected?

What does digital literacy have to do with participating in biomedical research? Digital literacy skills and access to and confidence in using technology are essential for participation in biomedical research, especially All of Us, which is almost entirely digital.

What are we doing about it?

Guess, what? Public libraries are already doing something about it.

A national survey from the Public Library Association shows that libraries play an expanded role in digital equity, bridging taps in access to technology.

How can public libraries use digital literacy programs to support participation in biomedical research?

  • Connect the dots for your patrons: Digital literacy courses on how to sign up for an email address, create a safe and secure password, use a mouse are just a few examples of digital literacy skills that are needed to participate in research: get updates from the program, book appointments, complete consent forms, and fill out online surveys about your health.
  • Promote your library's resources and classes to program participants in your community: Supporting digital literacy skill building with program participants provides value to participants by helping them become more confident in using the information they receive back from the program to make informed decisions about their health. and by looking for medical information online. We can help you
  • Offer new programs and resources that help community members become aware of the program, sign up if they are interested, and actively participate as much as they wish.

Big Idea

According to ALA, nearly 90% of libraries offer digital literacy training, and a significant majority support training related to using new technology devices (62%), safe online practices (57%), and social media use (56%).

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  • Digital Literacy Curriculum

    Digital Health Literacy Curriculum

    Download this free digital health literacy curriculum including a slide deck accompanying script, and handout to use for both virtual and in-person training.

    Download the Curriculum
  • Create a Strong and Easy-to-Remember Password

    Learn Internet Skills Online

    To help address the digital divide, All of Us has partnered with NNLM to create a series of free, online learning modules on select digital health literacy topics including How to Create a Strong and Easy to Remember Password and How to Avoid Scams and Phishing.

    Learn Skills Today
  • Reliable Health Information

    Digital Literacy Posters

    Download these free posters featuring digital health literacy topics, including All of Us.

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Other Digital Health Literacy Resources for Libraries

This page was last updated on: 04/12/23 16:48