As economic, education, health and other disparities grow, equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success. And yet, communities and individuals find themselves at differing levels of readiness in their ability to access and use the Internet, engage a range of digital technologies and get and create digital content.
The Digital Inclusion Survey examines the efforts of public libraries to address these readiness gaps by providing free access to broadband, public access technologies, digital content, digital literacy training and a range of programming that helps build digitally inclusive communities. A new interactive mapping tool places these library resources in a community context, including unemployment and education rates.
Join researchers and data visualization experts at a free webinar on March 6, 1-2 p.m. EST, to explore the intersections of public access technologies and education, employment, health & wellness, digital literacy, e-government and inclusion. Speakers will share new tools and demonstrate how to locate and interpret national and state-level results from the survey for planning and advocacy purposes, as well as present cases for the interactive mapping tool, with suggestions for creating a digital inclusion snapshot of your public library.
The survey, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. The International City/County Management Association and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy are grant partners.
Learn more about the webinar and speakers from iPAC, Community Attributes, IMLS and OITP here.