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Bridging Workers’ Digital Skills Gaps through Libraries
***Please note earlier start time and run time of 90 minutes.***

Nearly one in three US workers lack foundational digital skills—with 13% having no digital skills and 18% with very limited skills, according to the National Skills Coalition’s New Landscape of Digital Literacy report released in May 2020. Digital divides have persisted for decades, but COVID threw it into stark, unavoidable relief. By some accounts, the pandemic accelerated ten years of planned technological change in workplaces in less than a year.

While not all technology training will be tied to employment, this webinar will focus on research and resources related to developing, assessing, and documenting digital skills building for workforce and career development.

During this webinar—the fourth in the Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development series—participants will hear from national, state, and local leaders developing strategies and implementing programs to begin closing the digital skills divide, specifically focused on employability outcomes and workforce development.

This webinar will be live captioned. If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the webinar. Without sufficient prior notification of need, we may not be able to provide appropriate accommodations for the live event.

NOTE: Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 1,500 registrations for this event, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and we recommend you arrive early. The archived recording will be available for viewing on PLA’s On-Demand Webinars page at http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/ondemand.

Please review the technical requirements and support information at http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/zoom.

Oct 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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