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Information Literacy, Libraries and Internet Universality.

Kear, Robin (2017) Information Literacy, Libraries and Internet Universality. In: Seventh International Conference on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, 24-27 Oct 2017, Kingston, Jamaica. (Unpublished)

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I am so excited to be able to speak to the role that libraries can play in defining internet indicators. In reading background materials and refreshing my understanding of the Internet Universality principles and its progress, I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with the concepts and jotting down many notes about how libraries contribute and align. I am speaking of libraries in a holistic sense, academic, public, school, and special libraries.
Strong libraries ease internet accessibility issues. Libraries provide free access to the internet to their communities, sometimes the only internet access that some users have.
Libraries believe in the right to the freedom of information. Everyone should have access to the same material and content.
Libraries support makerspaces and digital labs, they hold hack-a-thons and free coding classes. These make our communities into creators that contribute to open API development, open educational resources, and local, unique content.
Libraries support digital preservation of cultural heritage and assets.
Libraries strive to create user competencies through information literacy. We assist with creating responsible producers of content.
Libraries reduce isolation and create community.
IFLA facilitates the work of libraries on a global scale and is engaging in its own participatory, or multi-stakeholder, exercises to produce a vision.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kear, Robinrlk25@pitt.eduRLK250000-0003-1072-7708
Date: 25 October 2017
Date Type: Completion
Event Title: Seventh International Conference on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue
Event Dates: 24-27 Oct 2017
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: No
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 14:44


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