Libraries: Bridging the digital divide

(NBC News) One in every five adults in America lives in a home with either no computer or no internet connection. For many of them, the local library is filling a huge digital gap.

Millions, especially the poor, seniors, and those without college degrees are turning to libraries to get connected.

It’s also a homework hub for students. Teachers are increasingly posting and accepting assignments online.

‘If they didn’t come to the public library, where they have access to computers, as well as high-speed broadband and the qualified staff to help them on the computer, they would really be at a disadvantage,” says Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association.

The American Library Association’s new campaign, “Libraries Transform”, shows people where to get help, not just to surf the web, watch videos or send emails, but also apply for jobs.

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