David Warlick posted these thoughts in regards to education, but I think they’re very relevant for librarians, too. After all, we’re supposed to be the safety net for the digital divide(s), right, whether it’s access or information literacy? I’m becoming more and more convinced that libraries will have to find a way to help fill the coming divide of content-creators (those who think of themselves as creators with the skills necessary to actually create) versus strictly consumers (the old model in which the person simply ingests everything as one-way media and doesn’t participate in these new networks and resources because they can’t or didn’t even know they could). On the one side, you have great models like Lane and Matthew, but on the other side you have millions of kids I can’t even point to because they’re left out of this community.
One model to combat this: Bloomington Public Library.
Side note: check out this other great post by David: Something from my Research, which includes the following statement in the comments (read the post for context):
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