Data visualization tool showcases public libraries and their communities, as well as data from the 2013 and 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey. This tool enables libraries to visualize data

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iPAC releases study of State Library Agencies (SLA) that assess the current SLA context, configuration, location within state government, and critical success factors. Read more
State Library Agency Report Released
UMD iSchool and iPAC release Re-Envisioning the MLS report in response to the impact of a changing information, technology, and community context on the MLS degree. Read more
By providing free and equitable access to Internet-enabled technology, public libraries help ensure that a lack of basic or more advanced technology skills is not a barrier to individual economic, learning, or other success. Read more
2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Results Published

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Data visualization tool showcases community and Digital Inclusion Survey data. This tool can become a valuable resource that enables libraries to visualize data about their public access technology services, how libraries build digitally inclusive communities, and their communities.
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Public libraries provide access to broadband, WiFi, and a range of public access technologies. By providing free and equitable access to Internet-enabled technology, public libraries help ensure that a lack of basic or more advanced technology skills is not a barrier to individual economic, learning, or other success. By offering training in how to use computers, the Internet, emerging technologies such as 3D printers, and various forms of software, librarians help individuals build technology competencies and capacities that transcend barriers to digital readiness.

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Public Libraries, Digital Inclusion, & Employment

17.0% percent of American households do not have broadband access, reaching up to 53% in rural communities.[1] With major employers increasingly using online services as the primary means of listing open positions and only allowing applications to be completed online, library technologies are essential for many Americans to find employment.

The Impact of Library Buildings on Digital Inclusion

The public access technology, resources, and services provided by public libraries are essential for those without access or the ability to use technologies and information resources. Small libraries, or those that have not been updated recently, are less likely to provide increasingly critical digital services and resources in key areas of instruction and programs — creating an access, skills, and use divide.