Amy Little, 2016 Showcase
Digital Inequity: The digital divide has been an increasingly important issue since its emergence in the 1990s. A lack of access to the internet and reliable technological tools is measured alongside socioeconomic characteristics such as income, gender, race, education, and location. Disparities in these areas contribute to digital inequity across the United States. Efforts to bridge the digital divide are being made in the private and public sector. Public and academic libraries have long stood at the heart of these efforts. By providing access, training, and support libraries are able to serve as digital gateways for their communities.
Amy Little: I am a full-time student in the SJSU MLIS program who is scheduled to graduate in Fall, 2016. When I am not studying I work as a Library Technology Assistant at Belle Cooledge Library in Sacramento and a Grant Consultant for the Veterans Connect @ the Library initiative. The issue of technological access and the role of public libraries in bridging the digital divide is one of the reasons I chose to pursue a career in library work.