Connect2Compete (C2C) is a new collaborative effort of philanthropic, corporate, government and community leaders committed to taking awareness of how technology can improve the lives of Americans, promoting and linking to digital literacy training opportunities that encourage meaningful use, and accelerating broadband adoption through the distribution of low-cost computers and Internet service. In early 2013, a national ad campaign will be launching that will direct people to places in their community, including public libraries, that can help them access the Internet and training resources.
Understanding that libraries serve as the primary technology access point in many communities, C2C is collaborating with the American Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ensure that librarians across the country are aware of this initiative. To help ensure that public libraries have the support they need to engage as partners in C2C, this project is working with OCLC’s WebJunction, IMLS and several state libraries to build robust tools and online resources.
Illinois, West Virginia and Mississippi are three test states working with C2C to establish some national models.
Public libraries in Illinois are asked to respond to a survey by October 19, 2012. The survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Responses will ensure a good foundation in Illinois to support the growth of digital literacy.
Questions and comments can be directed to Debra Aggertt, Illinois State Library email@example.com.