2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Launches September 22

 
 
 
Tuesday, August 26th 2014

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We are now encouraging public libraries to participate in the upcoming second Digital Inclusion Survey. The survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and public access to the internet. Information about the project and access to the online survey are available at http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu. The survey will be open on September 22, 2014.

The Digital Inclusion Survey is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland. The International City/County Management Association and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy serve as partners on the grant.

Libraries that participate in the survey will be able to interactively view their library in context with community-level data, including poverty and unemployment rates, household income, education levels, English proficiency and other population demographics. This will enable libraries to:

  • identify community impacts of library public computer and internet access;
  • identify opportunities to improve public access technology services based on community needs and demographics;
  • demonstrate library contributions to community digital inclusion efforts.