FCC 2015 Broadband Progress Report Compared to 2012

The FCC released it’s 2015 Broadband Progress Report in February. I was please to see that the benchmark speeds for broadband were reclassified from 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps speeds (which were ridiculous) to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. This of course changed how broadband availability and adoption is calculate. I put together a visual comparison of progress from their previous report from 2012.   … Continue reading FCC 2015 Broadband Progress Report Compared to 2012

Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the Lexington County Public Library this week. 10/18/2014 update: I was very impressed with the administration and staff at the library. There were so many great things about this trip but I want to point out two. First, each branch provided a passive programming idea that was on display throughout staff day, you can see the … Continue reading Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap

Slides from a webinar I did at the end of October for the South Central Library System, Wisconsin. A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap from Bobbi Newman Continue reading A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap

Guide to National Digital Literacy and Digital Divide Initiatives

Earlier this year the Chief Officers of State Library Associations (COSLA) released the “COSLA Guide to National Projects: to Digital literacy, Broadband Adoption,and Digital Inclusion“. They have done a great job of bringing together projects that address digital literacy and the digital divide. The report outlines the summary, core objectives, administration information, and project details including target audience milestones and deliverable. If you are interest in national (US) digital literacy … Continue reading Guide to National Digital Literacy and Digital Divide Initiatives

Digital Literacy: It’s About More Than Access

Digital Literacy: It’s about more than access from Bobbi Newman References ALA supports FCC proposal to fund digital literacy training through public libraries. (2012, April 3).District Dispatch. Aspen Institute to Advance Recommendations of the Knight Commission. (2010, May 18).Knight Foundation. Becker, S., Crandall, M. D., Fisher, K. E., Kinney, B., Landry, C., & Rocha, A. (2010). Opportunity for American Library Association. (2011). The state of … Continue reading Digital Literacy: It’s About More Than Access

Libraries: Good For the Waistline

This is a half thought out mash-up of two things that crossed my path this week. The first was the article in the Wall Street Journal “The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s“. Which covers what many of us already know – the digital divide is real, 33 million American’s do not have broadband service at home. Cheap smartphones and tablets have put Web-ready technology into more … Continue reading Libraries: Good For the Waistline

Closing the Digital Skills Gap – PLAN

Presentation for PLAN Closing the Digital Skills Gap from Bobbi Newman Resources I limited my suggestions to just three of each as not to be overwhelming Websites Common Sense Media.org Media Smarts Tech Training for Libraries  Blogs Van Meter Library Voice The Daring Librarian A Media Specialists Guide to the Web Twitter @ShannonMiller @gwynethjones @joycevalenza  Facebook New Media Consortium American Association of School Librarians School … Continue reading Closing the Digital Skills Gap – PLAN