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

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Interactive map that shows public libraries and community data

 iPAC reseachers have received funding ($123,317.00) from the National Library of Medicine to continue the HackHealth program in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. 

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The Digital Inclusion Survey addresses the efforts of public libraries to address digital inclusion, equity, and readiness. Read more
Digital Inclusion Report Published

Projects

Recent News

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Shilton, and iPAC Senior Research Fellow and UMD iSchool Assistant Professor, is Principal Investigator on two projects and Co-PI on two others.
Friday, July 25, 2014
The ubiquity of the Internet poses challenges and opportunities for individuals and communities alike. These challenges and opportunities, however, are not evenly distributed across or within individuals and communities. Equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success in education, employment, finance, health and wellness, civic engagement, and a democratic society.

Upcoming Events

Improving the Health Literacy, Health-Related Self-Efficacy, and Long-Term Health Outlook of Disadvantaged Youth through the Facilitation of Scientific Inquiry and Information Literacy Skills

Youth are increasingly engaging in self-directed information-seeking behavior on the Internet. This is particularly true for health information (Fergie, Hunt, & Hilton, 2013; Franck, Noble, & McEvoy, 2008; Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001; Smart et al, 2012). At the same time, studies have shown that youth often struggle to find credible and relevant sources (Gray et al, 2005; Eastin, 2008; Flanagin & Metzger, 2008).

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: Defining the Problem

 The blog post that follows is a significantly abridged version of an article that is currently under review. While this post addresses many key issues facing rural libraries and technology access, information that promotes a more nuanced understanding of these issues has been excluded to conform to the brevity of the blog format.