WebJunction has been awarded a grant from IMLS for a digital inclusion project complementing existing efforts to help libraries and other community-based organizations make strategic decisions about providing public access to broadband. Working with partners TechSoup Global, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), WebJunction will evaluate the needs of libraries, community-based organizations (CBOs), and city and county managers seeking to get started with digital inclusion. Based on these findings, the partners will create and test a summit agenda for local community gatherings to develop a shared understanding about digital inclusion and begin to create an action plan.
IMLS and our project partners have been involved in other work related to these efforts and we wanted to be sure you’re aware of an important opportunity to contribute input on the proposed framework for Building Digitally Inclusive Communities. The framework was developed with input from over 100 organizations and individuals with deep knowledge about public access technology and the diverse information needs of communities. IMLS and its partners are currently seeking public input on the framework.
The online survey, which closes on November 30, takes 10 minutes to complete, but in order to participate in the survey, you will need to review the short 4-page, Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities. IMLS is interested in getting feedback on tools they are creating to help communities raise awareness about digital inclusion and take action to reduce barriers that prevent people from accessing and using broadband.
We look forward to working on the project this coming year and hope you’ll take the time now to provide input on the proposed framework.