Summary of organization/program
The Digital Literacy Project (DLP) is an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, which encourages youth and community groups to discover new and creative ways to use digital technologies in order to discuss issues important to them, develop skills, and build community.
Telephone: 514-935-7344 / Fax: 514-935-1960
- The Digital Literacy Project is a volunteer-supported initiative, and develops its projects with respect to the needs and interests of its partner groups, including schools, youth groups, and community organizations.
- The project is geared to the needs of the Anglophone community in the downtown core and the areas surrounding the Atwater Library, including St. Henri, Little Burgundy, Point Ste-Charles, Ville-Marie, and NDG. Opportunities to expand and create partnerships outside these areas are valued and sought out when possible.
The Atwater Digital Literacy Project, a project of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, gets kids and community groups using creative digital technologies (blogging, audio, video, digital photos) to help them express themselves, find new ways to talk about things important to them, and to help them build their own communities.
The Atwater Library and Computer Centre (ALCC), located in a 1920s heritage building in western downtown Montreal, is a community-oriented facility with a library, a multi-faceted computer centre, and an auditorium seating 100.
ALCC was founded in 1828 as the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal, and it is the oldest lending library in Canada. The building is a National Historic Site. Officially known as the Atwater Library of the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal, ALCC is an independent facility open to all residents of Canada. Funding is primarily by private donations and internally-generated activities. ALCC is a registered charity.
The mandate of The Atwater Library of the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal as an independent, non-profit, non-governmental and charitable corporation, is to afford its members and more generally the public residing anywhere in Canada, access to its collection of books, periodicals, computer systems and other materials in various media for their instruction, information and leisure.
Furthermore the organization’s goal is to foster the advancement of knowledge by providing instruction and other educational and informative meetings and lectures as well as the resources for self-education.
Umbrella Organization: Atwater Library
Dominant Media Forms
The DLP encourages community interaction and collaboration, in order to promote dialogue about learning, knowledge creation and culture, through the creative media arts:
- web publishing (including blogging)
- web design
- audio for the web (podcasting)
- graphic design
- digital photography and photo manipulation
Statement of Principles
By encouraging participants to explore media literacy with their own voice and contribute to the creation of new knowledge, the DLP aims to foster a sense of responsibility in creating and consuming media, approaching learning through experience and community involvement. We encourage our facilitators to create accessible and inclusive spaces to build a strong, sustainable and cohesive community through cultural, educational and social programs that bring together Montreal’s diverse population.
The Digital Literacy Project is a volunteer-supported initiative, and develops its projects with respect to the needs and interests of it’s partner groups, including schools, youth groups, and community organizations.
The project is geared to the needs of the Anglophone community in the downtown core and the areas surrounding the Atwater Library, including St. Henri, Little Burgundy, Point Ste-Charles, Ville-Marie, and NDG.Opportunities to expand and create partnerships outside these areas are valued and sought out when possible.
Samples of work
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