Study: “Public Library Broadband Isn’t Just About Connectivity”
Public library broadband is a valuable source for the “digitally marginalized,” according to a new study from the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
Telecompetitor readers understand the important role that public libraries can play in providing internet connectivity for people who don’t have it available to them at home or who can’t afford service. But as the study notes, public libraries also may play an important role in helping people use the internet — a role the researchers refer to as “technological capital.”
The research about library broadband comprises one chapter of a broader study titled “Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability.” The chapter about library broadband delves into the three primary areas that comprise what digital marginalization.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.