Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy Warns of “Second Class Citizens” in the Digital Age

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]The Knight Foundation has released a new report Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. A good deal of the content either is or could be applies to libraries.  The entire report is 148  pages, you can also download a 2 page summary that includes recommendations like these

  • 2: Increase support for public service media aimed at meeting community information needs.  Read more …
  • 6: Integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements of education at all levels through collaboration among federal, state, and local education officials.  Read more …
  • 7: Fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital and media training, especially for adults.  Read more …
  • 10: Support the activities of information providers to reach local audiences with quality content through all appropriate media, such as mobile phones, radio, and public-access cable.  Read more …
  • 12: Engage young people in developing the digital information and communication capacities of local communities.  Read more …
  • 14: Emphasize community information flow in the design and enhancement of a local community’s public spaces..  Read more …
  • 15: Ensure that every local community has at least one high-quality online hub.  Read more …

The Foundation has also taken actions that affect libraries:

$3.3 million to improve free, public Internet access in libraries in 12 communities

$2.28 million in broadband access projects in underserved neighborhoods in three cities

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The Post That Started it All – Libraries Need to Focus on Transliteracy

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]Transliteracy matters to libraries because it matters to our patrons.

Libraries need to focus on transliteracy

Libraries have focused on literacy, the ability to read, write and interact, for years. It is an important service to our patrons and our communities.  People need to be literate in order to be involved in and contribute to society. Times are changing, technologies are evolving rapidly,  it’s no longer enough to focus on the ability to read and write alone. If we only focus on literacy we are doing a disservice to our patrons.

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Libraries and Transliteracy Slideshow

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