Digital Divide

Looking ahead- replacing bureaucracy with smartphones?

This week, I attended an event at the American Enterprise Institute, “Veterans and their smartphones: Creating a 21st-century veterans service system” that featured former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In his discussion, he spoke passionately about the bureaucratic failings of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), highlighting recent, high-profile scandals. Mr. Gingrich bypassed any calls for reform, advocating instead for “imagination ... Read More »

Improving digital inclusion in Native communities

Today, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) released the study, Digital Inclusion in Native Communities: The Role of Tribal Libraries (pdf). The national study is the first to provide comprehensive data on the structure, activities, and needs of tribal libraries as they improve broadband access and digital literacy in Native communities. Key findings from the study: One ... Read More »

What will the future look like? Consumers may decide

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Last week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) hosted a panel discussion on IT and disruptive innovation featuring the authors of Code Halos: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business. The discussion focused on the way in which consumers leave a code trail, or “halo” in virtually everything they do from ... Read More »

Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and workforce programs, study finds

According to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s ... Read More »

Libraries as digital learning centers

This week, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young appeared on an episode of Comcast Newsmakers, a national interview program that airs on the Headline News (HLN) network. Highlighting new data from the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, Young discussed the plethora of digital learning opportunities available in libraries and detailed the ways that libraries have transformed into tech classrooms for ... Read More »