Public Libraries Lead the Way to Digital Inclusion

Infographic: Public Libraries Help Build Digitally Inclusive Communities

The results of the Digital Inclusion Survey show that public libraries lead the way in providing a wide range of technologies and digital content. Millions of people use these resources to enhance their digital literacy skills, and support education, employment, civic engagement, and health purposes. In doing so, public libraries are essential to building digitally inclusive communities.

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland are exploring the digital inclusion roles of public libraries in four key areas:

  • Public access technology infrastructure resources and capacity;
  • Digital content, services, and accessibility;
  • Digital literacy; and
  • Services and programs related to civic engagement, education/learning, health and wellness, and workforce/employment.

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