Month: February 2018

Book Chapter: Developing sustainable partnerships to advance digital equity

We have a chapter entitled Developing Sustainable Partnerships to Advance Digital Equity forthcoming in the 2017 proceedings of the Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide.  Until the proceedings are available online, we are making the chapter available through the DLAERHub.

Findings from the Digital Equity in Libraries Study

After three years of collaboration with librarians from the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, we are pleased to share the findings and outcomes of the Advancing Digital Equity in Public Libraries: Assessing Library Patrons’ Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments research project. This project was supported by a National Leadership Grant (LG-06-14-0076-14A) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The purpose of the research was to examine and understand the digital problem solving processes of vulnerable adults. The research was intended to discover what digital problem solving skills individuals had, how they used those skills, and how libraries could determine how best to support these individuals as they engaged in digital problem solving.  

You can read about the study in our Executive Summary. The Executive Summary also contains links to more detail what we learned as well as a tool kit we created that librarians can use to help support the digital problem solving needs of their adult patrons.  

We encourage you to use and adapt our materials to your settings, and to share your adaptations with us and the field. We’d also love to hear from you in the comments.