digital divide

Will Facebook’s Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

Facebook’s new initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?

E-Readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips Webinar

More than three-quarters of the nation's public libraries offer e-books, but many Americans don't know that this service is provided by their local library. Yet 58 percent of Americans have a library card, 69 percent say their local library is important to them, and many Americans would like to learn more about borrowing e-books.

Libraries build digital communities

Today I'm co-facilitating an ALA session titled, "Libraries Lead Community Digital Inclusion." Along with my colleagues from WebJunction, ICMA, and IMLS, we'll be guiding librarians through activities that utilize IMLS' recently published Building Digital Communities framework. I'll be talking about gathering stakeholders and leaders for digital inclusion work. Here's what I plan to share.

Do you do digital inclusion?

Digital Inclusion is a tough term. Tough, because it isn't often one that organizations use, understand, or have even heard. Sure, there are all sorts of words we don't use or need to use, but for libraries, nonprofits, and elected officials, "digital inclusion" is increasingly an important term to add to our collective lexicon.

Today's TechSoup Guest Tweeter: Librarian Crystal Schimpf!

Did you know @TechSoup invites organizations to take over our Twitterstream on Thursdays? Today's tweeter is Crystal Schimpf, a librarian and technology trainer from Colorado State Library's Public Computer Center! She works with libraries to coordinate technology instruction, design curriculum, and provide staff training.

Digging Into the Digital Inclusion Framework

I was lucky enough to attend a Digital Inclusion Forum event in Los Angeles last month. The Forum was designed to gather community feedback on the proposed Framework for Digital Inclusion developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Washington, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

BTOP Projects at Work: Building Successful Intercultural Partnerships

Last week I shared some ideas about how to identify partners likely to help your organization and community development BTOP project succeed. Our efforts to build partnerships with entrepreneurial community development organizations have been fairly straightforward: Encuentro and La Comunidad Habla share many of our organization’s communication norms and practices.  Creating effective partnerships with public libraries has, however, not been as easy to do.

Our Sputnik Moment

I just returned from meetings in snowy Washington D.C. to participate in the Digital Inclusion Working Group, a group convened by IMLS, TASCHA/UW and ICMA. These discussions were to provide feedback on the first draft of a proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities, which is a direct response to mandates in the National Broadband Plan.

Review of Technology Training Resources

We're keeping an eye on the steady stream of press releases coming from NTIA announcing approved BTOP grants. It's great to see the serious attention paid to digital divide issues by the federal government as well as the hundreds of nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies (both state and local) involved in implementing the grants.

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