Tag Archives: John Horrigan

Upping people’s digital IQ

OITP's Larra Clark participates in roundtable, "What's Your Digital IQ?"

It was my pleasure last week to join the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), Nielsen and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) in a roundtable discussion on the importance of digital empowerment. “What’s Your Digital IQ?” was opened by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talking about the importance of the $1 ... Read More »

Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs

Photo by World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr

Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From e-book readership to library user typologies, to better understanding how Hispanics use public libraries, Pew researchers have added to our knowledge of our communities—users and non-users alike. During the session “Pew Library Research Update Program” Senior Researcher ... Read More »

Public libraries top public Wi-Fi spot for African Americans, Latinos

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

A first-of-its-kind survey (pdf) finds that public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access point for African Americans and Latinos—with roughly one-third of these communities using public library Wi-Fi. This is true for 23 percent of white people, who list school as their top public Wi-Fi spot. The study of Wi-Fi usage patterns by John Horrigan and Jason Llorenz ... Read More »

Time to retire the “digital divide”?

Today prominent researcher John Horrigan proposed a new take on what many have referred to as “digital literacy” as part of a new report released at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). “Digital Readiness” shares findings from a 2013 national survey and proposes recommendations to address the “twin challenges of trust and skills in a society in which digital ... Read More »

RSVP now: ALA to participate in digital readiness panel in DC June 17

In spite of the growing prominence of and reliance on Internet-connected devices, nearly one-third of American adults lack the digital readiness necessary to properly utilize many new technological applications. Next Tuesday, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will convene an expert panel to analyze the current state of digital readiness and present policy recommendations for improving American’s technical know-how ... Read More »