The theme of this year’s conference is: Digital Divide 3.0: Bridging Gaps in Information Literacy. The digital divide encompasses inequalities in access to and the use of the internet and other technology. This conference will consider how library workers can develop policies, programs, and instructional practices that address the three levels of the digital divide:
- The first level of the digital divide is disparities in internet access.
- The second level is disparities in internet skills and use. This includes both digital literacy and information literacy.
- The third level is disparities in the outcomes of internet use, because having access and digital skills does not mean that everyone benefits from internet use in the same way.
The pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide, especially for college students and K-12 students and their families. Additionally, the Black Lives Matter movement has resulted in a growing national awareness of and critical conversations around persistent racial inequalities.
Maura Smale is Chief Librarian and Professor at New York City College of Technology, and faculty at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Mariana Regalado is the Head of Reference and Instruction at Brooklyn College. Their work includes a multi-campus study of the scholarly habits of undergraduates. Their book, Academic Libraries for Commuter Students: Research-based Strategies (2018), presents librarians’ and researchers’ studies on commuter students’ library use at public colleges and universities around the US. Their book on how CUNY students use technology in their academic work, Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education, was published in 2017.
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