Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Access for All

It is amazing how much information is only available online these days. Didn't get those tax forms in the mail? Go online. Want to apply for a job? Applications only available via the company's web site. For many this is very handy and convenient, but for others, that don't have computers, it is a hardship. With 99% of libraries offering public Internet access we are a vital community link. "Public libraries play a vital role in bridging the digital divide, the gap between “haves” and “have nots” in the digital age. Public libraries provide free access to workstations and Internet services to those who could not otherwise access these resources." (From the Information Policy & Access Center and their analysis of Digital Literacy & Public Libraries). In February alone almost 2,000 community members used the Dover Public Library's public Internet computers, and this does not include those that used our wireless access. We don't have an exact number for wireless users but trust me it is a lot! Just something for you to think about on this beautiful Tuesday morning.

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