“Impacts of Public Access to Computers and the Internet in Libraries”

The report linked below was posted online today (November 12, 2022) by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

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Effects of public access to computers and the Internet in libraries


International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations (IFLA) and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL);


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This report was prepared within the framework of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Dynamic Coalition (DC-PAL) on Public Access in Libraries. This follows DC-PAL network consultations held in April 2021, which identified public access and assessment of computers and the Internet in libraries as among the priorities for the DC-PAL work plan for 2021-2022. Therefore, The report provides libraries and other stakeholders with recent evidence, Provides a handy overview of good practices and public access impact assessment.

A working version of the study was presented at the DC-PAL meeting of the 2021 Internet Governance Forum on December 9, 2021, and the broader Internet governance community. Suggestions and contributions were shared from libraries and other stakeholders interested in public access. Internet and computers and the role and potential of libraries in public access to the Internet.

support, who gives suggestions; Thanks to everyone who gave feedback. The Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries provides a space within the IGF to facilitate policy discussions and actions – digital access; sharing Low-cost internet and ICT in libraries and similar facilities – providing digital power. You are welcome to join the DC-PAL mailing list for updates and news on further work and discussions: http://lists.apc.org/mailman/listinfo/pal-dc. Valensiya Dresvyannikova (IFLA); Special thanks to Ugne Lipeikaite (EIFL) and Ramune Petuchovaite (EIFL) for leading the preparation of this report.

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34 pages; PDF

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian based in the Washington, DC metro area. writer Consultant and frequent conference speaker. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price is Wayne St. He has received numerous awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that provides corporate product and business model teams with real-time data and insightful discovery.

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