Library system awarded for digital literacy innovation

Loida Garcia-Febo, American Library Association president; Kimberly Johnson, Tulsa City-County Library CEO; Richard White Jr., TCCL Commission Chairman; Brandi Scardilli, Information Today editor

Tulsa City-County Library received the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association and Information Today Inc. publishing company, at the American Library Association’s annual Conference in July in Washington, D.C.

TCCL was selected for its innovative Digital Literacy Lab. This annual award is designed to recognize innovative planning, applications or development of focused customer support relating to information technology in libraries.

The American Electric Power/PSO Foundation Digital Literacy Lab on Central Library’s second floor features a sweeping view of downtown Tulsa.

The Digital Literacy Lab is a creator-focused working space for TCCL customers that was opened in October 2016. Since opening, the library reports more than 35,000 visitors have visited the space and discovered ways to expand their knowledge.

Visitors can use the Digital Literacy Lab to develop new apps and software skills, edit a short film, soar the skies with flight simulators, digitize family history, work with Adobe Creative Cloud and Apple Creative Software and more. Orientations are provided twice monthly, along with special programs and classes throughout the year geared for all ages.

In addition to providing resources for Central Library customers, the Digital Literacy Lab takes equipment and programming off-site to other TCCL locations throughout the county and to outreach and community events, such as the Tulsa Maker Faire, local genealogy group meetups and tech community events.

For more information on TCCL’s Digital Literacy Lab and related programming, call 918-549-7323 or visit tulsalibrary.org.

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