November 2, 2011


IMLS Press Contacts
Kevin O'Connell,
Mamie Bittner,

ONLINE Survey LIVE November 2, 2011 – November 30, 2011

Washington, DC
—The Institute of Museum and Library Services, working together with the International City/County Management Association and the University of Washington Information School, is seeking public input on its proposed framework for Building Digitally Inclusive Communities. The framework is intended to help community leaders convene community discussions to get the information and stakeholder engagement they need to make strategic decisions about providing public access to broadband.

The Building Digitally Inclusive Communities framework was developed through consultation with more than 100 organizations and individuals, who shared their expert knowledge about different communities' lessons learned and best practices. It describes a vision for digital inclusion and eleven principles. It also makes recommendations about how to get started to develop a implement a community action plan for digital inclusion.

In September and October, community and leadership forums were held in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Bangor to solicit feedback on the proposed framework. This survey seeks feedback from a broader audience.

Survey respondents will be asked about their opinion about the value of the framework to support community collaboration (individuals, businesses, community organization and government), the usefulness of the principles identified in the guide and the effectiveness of report in raising awareness about digital inclusion.

The results of the survey will be used to finalize the framework and also will be summarized in a report on digital inclusion and published on the IMLS web site.

Access the survey at

Learn more about Digitally Inclusive Communities at

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