Publications

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There are still 100 million Americans who do not have a broadband connection to the Internet. This statistic is sobering and has profound implications for economic success, educational achievement and civic life.

Libraries are among the essential community anchors that have a significant role to play in providing access, encouraging adoption and impacting the health and vitality of their communities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with the University of Washington and the International City/County Management Association, has consulted with hundreds of community members and experts over the past 18 months to identify action steps and a framework for digital communities.

Building Digital Communities content on the IMLS Web site:
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Building Digital Communities: Getting Started

March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action


The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users


This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access


This report offers an analysis of the service in four public library systems and makes recommendations for strategies that help to sustain and improve public access service. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries


Conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IMLS, this report is based on the first large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries. Read More