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

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