This Weebly site was created for an LS 573: Integrated Technologies in Libraries assignment.
Dispatches from BOY TOWN Prezi virtual display board and PowerPoint Book Talk for LS 583: Library, Literature and Young Adults.
What is collection development?
- What is collection development?
- Why collection development policies are important.
What is the digital divide?
- What is the digital divide?
- Does it still exist? Is it expanding? How has the definition changed with the times? What is its impact on library patrons?
- The ALA and LSTA.
The digital divide and its implications for collection development.
- Collection development policy on acquiring digital materials
- The limitations of digital collections.
- The ALA’s Thoughts on the Digital World
- What new and changing criteria must be addressed with regard to selection of materials?
- How can we plan now for what will be needed in the future?
- What steps must be taken to ensure continued fluency?
- What steps must be taken to prevent the divide from continuing?
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
Technology will not be denied.
We are bombarded almost daily with new or improved gadgets designed to make life easier, better, faster. This message is so pervasive it is quite easy to forget that this ease of access, this technology everywhere for everyone concept is actually a falsehood. There are many people for whom technology is completely inaccessible. Many who if presented with something technological would be unable to utilize it.
Children who do not have computers in their homes, attend computer classes at school or have parents who are tech savvy will be faced with many challenges when dealing with digital information. The same applies for elderly and adult learners who have never taken the time to learn computer skills or don’t own computers. This issue is compounded in areas which basic needs, such as clean water and food, are scarce or non-existent. Those who are information illiterate are so for many reasons age, race, gender, location and socioeconomic status chief among them.
Lack of ready access to technology leaves many citizens of the world in the dark about a great many things. All of the benefits of technology are denied to them, making resume writing, job hunting, apartment seeking, health information and more difficult, or in some cases impossible, to come by. The stuff of life, more or less, all placed at a distance. Over a divide so great that many cannot cross it.
It is the responsibility of libraries to bridge the digital divide?