How does your rural library's technology bridge the digital divide?

NetSquared, a TechSoup project, hosts monthly Think Tanks, where a question or topic is shared with the NetSquared community and participants submit responses either on their own blogs, the NetSquared Community Blog, or using social media. This monthly blogging/social networking event is a great way to source the crowd and participate in an exchange of ideas. The Think Tank is open to anyone.

This month's question is particularly relevant to rural libraries and focuses on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), a day created "to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide." To celebrate, we're using this year's WTISD theme, "Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs" to guide the NetSquared Think Tank question for May and to gather ideas from rural libraries on this topic.

Consider these questions:

  • How are you bridging the divide at your library?
  • What are your tips for others who are just getting started?
  • How can we help improve the lives of people living in rural areas using ICT?
  • What are your tactics and best practices for helping rural communities using web or mobile technology?
  • What organizations are already doing this well? Consider your library, another library, or a community-based organization.

There are many ways to participate in the Think Tank:

  • Leave a comment below.
  • Write about this topic on your own blog or website (please use the tag "net2thinktank").
  • Post on the NetSquared Community Blog.
  • Share your feedback on Facebook or Linkedin.
  • Get in touch with us.
  • Have you written about this topic in the past? Great! Simply add the "net2thinktank" tag to your post and email my colleague, Claire Salethe link.

Please remember to tag your post, comment, or tweet with net2thinktank and email my colleague, Claire Sale the link to your post.

At the end of the month, the entries get pulled together in the Net2 Think Tank Round-Up. Please share your ideas--no need to write a post, just jot down a few thoughts and share them with us.


TechSoup's NetSquared project is listed on the International Telecommunications Union site as an international initiative for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Add your ideas to the Net2 Think Tank now!