Tag Archives: Digital Inclusion Survey

Pew study affirms vital role of libraries

Parents and children gather around Belinda J. Pugh, supervisory librarian for the station library, as she reads one of many books during the Story Time class held in the children’s room of the station library here. Story Time is an hour-long class held in the children’s room every Thursday at 10 a.m. It is open to all children age 5 and younger to help promote reading.

Libraries are transforming amidst the changing information landscape and a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, Libraries at the Crossroads, affirms the evolving role of public libraries within their communities as vital resources that advance education and digital empowerment. “Public libraries are transforming beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and new services ... Read More »

Start-ups, start your engines

Light bulb on top of notepad.

Yesterday marked the 12th annual Start-Up Day Across America – a “holiday” dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local entrepreneurship. Organized under the auspices of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National Start-Up Day represents an opportunity for owners of local businesses to meet directly with their elected federal representatives and share their ideas and concerns about ... Read More »

ConnectHome connects libraries too

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries have a long and increasingly recognized commitment to addressing digital inclusion and digital readiness needs in the United States. I count my own engagement back more than a decade talking to reporters about the role libraries play in providing both a digital safety net and a launching pad for deeper technology use to ... Read More »

Join March 6 free webinar on mapping inclusion: Public library technology and community needs

Computer classes at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Ct.

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 ... Read More »

Rising to the newest (Knight) challenge

DC Public Library in Washington, D.C. Photo by Maxine Schnitzer Photography.

It has been said that “libraries are the cornerstone of our democracy” so the newest Knight News Challenge on Elections should be right up our alley. From candidate forums to community conversations, about half of all public libraries report to the Digital Inclusion Survey that they host community engagement events. What is your library doing that you might want to ... Read More »