Public Libraries and Networked Information Services in Low-Income Communities

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Title

Public Libraries and Networked Information Services in Low-Income Communities

Subject

Prairienet, Public Libraries, Community Informatics, Digital Divide, 1990s

Description

This article presents findings from an empirical study of community information
exchange and computer access and use among low-income,
predominantly African-American residents in one locale. Data were
collected through household interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Results
indicate that, while computer use is minimal, many low-income
community members are poised to participate in the local development
of networked information services. The article emphasizes appropriate
roles for public libraries in community-wide efforts to bridge the digital
divide that cuts computer use along socioeconomic lines.

Study based in Champaign-Urbana

Creator

Ann P. Bishop, Tonyia J. Tidline, Susan Shoemaker, Pamela Salela

Source

Volume 21, Number 3, pages 361–390

Publisher

Library & Information Science Research

Date

1999

Contribution Form

Online Submission

No

Citation

Ann P. Bishop, Tonyia J. Tidline, Susan Shoemaker, Pamela Salela, “Public Libraries and Networked Information Services in Low-Income Communities,” eBlack Champaign-Urbana, accessed May 20, 2019, http://eblackcu.net/portal/items/show/1212.

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