Community Technology Empowerment Project

In an effort to help bridge the digital divide for recent immigrants and low income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network has initiated the Community Technology Empowerment Project. According to their site:

The primary goal of this project is to help partner agencies utilize their existing community technology resources to better serve the needs of both youth and adults within their local neighborhoods, especially new immigrant, low-income residents and persons with disabilities.

A secondary goal is teach agency staff, volunteers and visitors how to use new technologies (including digital video and web) in order to help their constituents connect with existing civic, social service and community resources.

Additionally, all AmeriCorps CTEP members are required to mobilize volunteers at their host sites, participate in member development activities, and learn about civic engagement during their service year.

Libraries and Transliteracy + LITA = Interest Group

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All of us at L & T are proud to announce that while at ALA Annual in June an Interest Group was approved, thanks to LITA (The Library and Information Technology Association) specifically for Libraries and Transliteracy!

With that, here is some information over the group, how to join, and how to communicate with us!


The objective of the Transliteracy Interest Group is to explore, develop and promote the role of libraries in all aspects of literacy including, but not limited to, digital, media, social, computer, and 21st century literacies


We’ll be using ALA connect for communication within the interest group. Keep in mind that you do not have to be a member to join ALA connect, it’s open to any and everyone! So, join and start sharing with us and others.

Committee chairs 2010-2011:

With all interest groups, you have people who are set in place to help answer any questions, concerns, or comments that you might have about the group. The people responsible for that function are listed below.

Bobbi Newman
Digital Branch Manager
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Tom Ipri
Head, Media & Computer Services
Lied Library University of Nevada Las Vegas

Time to Vote on a Logo!

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First let me say thank you to everyone who submitted a logo.  I am very grateful that you cared enough about transliteracy to take the time to create something for us.

Its time to vote! *

We have received 10 responses, I’ve created a survey with Zoomerang, the images are on the survey too.  Please vote for your top TWO selections for the logo. The survey will close August 7th.  Please vote only once.

If you’d like to make commentary on any of the specific logos please click on the image below, it will take you to the blog post for that submission and you may leave a comment.

*Votes will be taken into consideration, final decision will be made by the bloggers.

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