Here are the slides from the lightning talk I gave at Online Northwest 2012
. The talk was inspired by Jessamyn C. West
who was the keynote at a conference I attended last year
. She gave an insightful talk/session about libraries, technology, and the digital divide. She also wrote this great book, Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide
, about how librarians can help address the digital divide. My talk was about what I was calling the “middle class” digital divide. It is kind of lazy title but it was what I came up with to meet the conference deadline. What I am really talking about is the secondary digital divide involving the gaps between people actually being able to use or be empowered by technology and information access. The digital divide (and secondary divide) is a complex topic and it was hard to sum up in five minutes… but I tried.
If you have ever given a lightning talk, you know that it kind of goes by super fast. I really can’t recall what I said exactly. From what people told me, it went great. I even got some cheers from the back of the room. I had more than a few people come up and tell me they liked what I said. I even had someone find my personal phone number (not sure how) and call me today to ask for information on the topic.
If you have questions about the slides, let me know.
, digital divide