Webinar: Engaging Communities in the Digital Inclusion Framework

This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Inclusion Framework, its intent, and how it can be used to engage community leaders in shaping a community-wide strategy for the future, putting your community-based organization at the center of these activities, and taking the first steps towards developing a comprehensive digital inclusion plan for your community.

The FCC’s National Broadband Plan called on the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop guidelines to help libraries and community-based organizations define community assets and gaps in digital inclusion support. Working towards this goal, the IMLS, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Technology and Social Change Group and the International City/County Management Association, developed the Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities, released in June of 2010.

The Framework provides principles and goals across eleven areas to help communities expand economic and social opportunities. It also positions libraries and other community-based organizations as leaders in providing the critical services needed for our society to keep up in the digital age and meet the vision of digital inclusiveness.

This webinar is part of NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellowship program, aimed at supporting digital inclusion initiatives, sharing best practices, and showcasing digital inclusion programs. You do not need to be a Fellow to attend; all are invited.

Speaker: Samantha Becker
Samantha Becker, MLIS, MPA, is the Principal Research Scientist for the U.S. Impact Study/TASCHA research group at the University of Washington Information School which focuses on public libraries, community technology, and digital inclusion barriers and policy. She was co-author of Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries and Building Digital Communities A Framework for Action. Much of her work is aimed at helping community technology providers leverage data to improve outcomes for clients and support sustainability. She is particularly interested in how new adult users gain the skills necessary to use information and communication technology.