Syracuse University's

Center for Digital Literacy

Founded in 2003, the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) is an interdisciplinary research and development center that studies how people's ability to demonstrate the skills, utilize the tools, and understand the standards and practices required to successfully find, use, manage, evaluate, create, and present digital information affects their lives.




Investigating Self-Determination Variables in Summer Reading Program Participants


Investigating Self-Determination Variables in Summer Reading Program Participants is a National Leadership Grant for Research funded by IMLS. This project will expand research beyond that which has been done on reading and information literacy in school libraries, into the area of public libraries and summer reading programs.


The study will explore the relationship between Free Voluntary Reading and middle school age summer reading program participants' perceived confidence in information literacy.



CDL Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary! 

2013 marks the tenth year since the founding of the Center for Digital Literacy by Dr. Ruth Small, professor and director of the school media program, School of Information Studies. Her first co-directors were Fiona Chew, professor of television, radio, and film in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, and J. Michael Spector, professor and chair of instructional design, development, and evaluation in the School of Education. See pictures from the CDL 10th Anniversary party at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. 

Project ENABLE, Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Project ENABLE is a collaborative project of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, Center for Digital Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute, providing a high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education program for New York's school librarians in ways to create and deliver effective library and information services to students with disabilities. Project ENABLE has just launched the new online training program.

 Project ENABLE Team


What's New


Project ENABLE

IMLS Awards Third Grant to Project ENABLE


A 2013 IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant has been awarded to Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Libraries Everywhere), the third one the project has received. The project was originally funded in 2010, and now will continue until 2015 with this grant. The project is a partnership between the iSchool's Center for Digital Literacy and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. The project's principal investigator is Ruth Small. Co-PI's are William Myhill and Renee Hill.

Project ENABLE has focused on face-to-face and online training for school librarians to help them better design and implement their library and information programs and services for students with disabilities. The current grant will expand the training to public and academic librarians nationwide.



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