Technology Literacy Collaborative launches new site to promote digital inclusion

Technology Literacy CollaborativeTwin-Cities-based Technology Literacy Collaborative (TLC) announced the launch of their new website today. The re-launch replaces what was  previously  “under-utilized” and features an events calendar, a map of local community technology centers, database of resources and a group blog.

Originally funded by the Minneapolis Foundation, with in-kind contributions from Project for Pride in Living, Waite House, and Minneapolis Public Library (ADC foundation also provided a grant last year) —  this all-volunteer initiative exists to create a unified voice among a group of non-profit supporters committed to sharing best practices, advocating for technology literacy skills and access, and promoting collaborative efforts.  “There are many local non-profits and similar causes all committed to solving Minnesota’s digital divide/inclusion problem. The TLC can help to connect like-minded people while avoiding the need to re-invent the wheel, ” says Libby Caulum, Co-chair of the TLC Executive Committee.

Started in 2006 as the South Minneapolis Technology Literacy Collaboration, the group has subsequently evolved in both name and scope as things have began to solidify over the past year.  Current member participation includes the Hennepin County Library, Intermedia Arts, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, among others.

“Our long term vision is to develop a model for anyone across the country who’s interested in formally leveraging the respective voices within their community concerned with digital literacy and inclusion,” says Caulum, adding, “there’s great potential for advocacy on the legislative level in this sense”.

Those interested in learning more about the TLC should contact Libby Caulum (libby@technologypower.org) as the group is always looking for more support in fulfilling their goals. The TLC meets publicly on a quarterly basis and will be hosting a website launch party 3pm today at Common Roots Cafe in Uptown.

Comments

  • Mary Ann Van Cura

    Hi, Jeff. Thanks for this great article. As one of the founding members, I thought I'd add a note of clarification about initial TLC funding. The initial funding for TLC actually came a couple of years earlier from the Minneapolis Foundation, with in-kind contributions from Project for Pride in Living, Waite House, and Minneapolis Public Library (now part of Hennepin County Library). Last year ADC provided a much-appreciated grant for capacity building for TLC.

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      Thank you for the clarification Mary Ann, I've updated the article. How much was the ADC grant for?

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