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Verizon Foundation’s Albert J. Browne discusses national literacy partnership with ALA

Albert J. Browne, national program director, Verizon Foundation, discusses the partnership between the American Library Association and the Verizon Foundation to promote literacy in this video.

The Verizon Foundation donated $1 million to ALA to track and measure the impact of gaming on literacy skills and build a model for library gaming that can be used nationally. Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston has said, “Gaming for learning presents a tremendous opportunity for libraries to further literacy skills in children as well as adults.”

In the video, Browne discusses how the Verizon Foundation wants to encourage learning after school at libraries. Gaming is a powerful tool that reaches young people, he says. Browne also discusses other Verizon Foundation and ALA efforts, including a new web page for school library media specialists on Verizon’s Thinkfinity.org.

Using the Campaign for America’s Libraries @ your library® brand, the Web page – at Thinkfinity.org/@yourlibrary – features rotating librarian-specific content from ALA and library initiatives. Featured content will include ALA’s Youth Media Awards, School Library Media Month, National Library Week and more.

The new page also highlights materials collected from Thinkfinity.org content partners and includes discipline-specific, standards-based educational resources on current subject areas. – Contributed by Mark Gould, Director, ALA Public Information Office

AL Direct: It’s not just for members anymore


George Eberhart, editor of American Libraries Direct, announces that AL Direct, the weekly e-newsletter of American Libraries magazine, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members.

The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/aldirect/aldirect.cfm.

American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, http://www.al.ala.org/insidescoop/. Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.

Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/alonlineebrary/alonlineebrary.cfm.

First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ala/Download. Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, http://www.ebrary.com/kb/users/ff3install.jsp, to make the ebrary reader work with their browser. – Contributed by Steve Zalusky, manager of communications, ALA Public Information Office