Week 7: Information Literacy and the Digital Divide

I believe information literacy is only going to become more important in the future. It is our duty as librarians and information professionals to make sure members of society who may be left behind in the increasingly technological world are empowered enough to be able to be able to participate and benefit in it.

© Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net
© Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net

Firstly, we must address the digital divide. I have personally experienced and seen the usefulness of improved internet access. I went with some friends who had no wifi at home to the State Library of Queensland so they could check on important banking matters and contact people. Living out beyond the reach of wireless broadband also meant our family had very limited and often expensive plans eg. 2 GB of internet over a month to use in peak hours with 4 GB in non-peak hours. Our poor internet access has shaped some of my decisions such as choosing QUT to do my degree at as it was physically accessible over Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. I still had plentiful internet access through university so I was better equipped than someone in a highly remote rural area who needed to travel to get any access at all.
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Week 6: Online Reader’s Advisory Tools

Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-50074-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 A hopefully satisfied clinet, perhaps.
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-50074-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 A hopefully satisfied client, perhaps.

The internet has provided a boon to readers worldwide as people have been able to engage with others=they may never meet otherwise in talking about books. There are thousands of online readers’ advisory resources out there. Libraries Alive recommend a huge list including Trove, which I wouldn’t have picked as a reading. As I cannot address them all, I will focus on the very popular Goodreads, a site dedicated to book reviews.
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