CHICAGO — Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey, with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the survey will highlight the unique attributes of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, health and wellness, civic engagement, e-government and public access to the internet. Libraries can log on now at http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu.
Libraries that participate in the survey will be able to see their individual library data within a community context with an interactive mapping feature. The map incorporates data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, generating library-specific data for general demographics, household income, unemployment rates, education attainment, English proficiency and more. Libraries will be able to view the breakout not only for their full service area, but by neighborhood. The map includes a drawing tool that allows for customized area selection and analysis.
“The survey findings will highlight what libraries provide that few other community-based entities can provide,” said Dr. Kathy Rosa, director, American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics. “Participation will support advocacy at the local, state and national levels, contributing to a current and comprehensive national snapshot of library contributions to building digitally inclusive communities.”
The Digital Inclusion Survey is being conducted by the American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland College Park. The International City/County Management Association and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy serve as partners on the grant.
More information and related resources are available at http://www.ala.org/DigitalInclusion. Updates and related news will also be available on the ALA Office for Research & Statistics Twitter feed (@ala_ors).