Digital inclusion improves people's lives. It saves money, is essential to find work, improves health, helps stay connected and develops important skills. It enables a skilled workforce, competitive economy, strong communities and a successful society.
People need the right skills, access, motivation and trust to get online and enjoy the benefits of being digitally included. As more of our lives take place online those who are on the wrong side of the digital divide will be increasingly disadvantaged.
Driving digital inclusion: The role of library and information professionals
Driving digital inclusion:The role of library and information professionals is our statement on digital inclusion. Library and information professionals can make a significant contribution to increasing digital inclusion and participation. Library and information professionals have the right skills and ethics to be an effective part of bridging the UK's digital divide. They are trusted by their communities, have experience working in partnership or programmes encouraging digital participation and have the skills set to teach how to use, create and manage information in an ethical way.
Library and information professionals can make a significant contribution in teaching people how to stay safe online. Knowing how to stay safe online and having the skills to manage your digital footprint brings the confidence to fully engage with and enjoy the positive benefits the online world offers. Understanding e-safety is part of the digital literacy skills set required by individuals on a personal level and in the workplace. CILIP held a Roundtable event in London on 30 September 2014 to look at the role of library and information professionals in the e-safety arena and how their skills can be put to best use through partnership working.
Engaging with e-safety: A position statement
Getting online and getting the most from the internet saves money, provides access to government services, helps to stay connected, improves our health and provides opportunities for creativity and wealth creation. It is essential that everyone is able to stay safe online and manage risk online in order to get the most benefits from being digitally connected.
Our position statement sets out the role of library and information professionals and our continuing advocacy in this important area.
Managing access to the internet in public libraries: findings from the MAIPLE
Dr. Louise Cooke is a Senior Lecturer in Information & Knowledge Management at Loughborough University. She is also Principal Investigator on the MAIPLE (Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries) project, which has been researching issues around Internet content and access control and regulation in UK public libraries. She is also a member of the IFLA Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) committee and has a strong interest in issues surrounding censorship and freedom of expression. Her PhD research focussed on policy and practice with regard to the regulation of internet content and access, and she has published widely on the subject.
Digital Skills in the UK written evidence to the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee
There are a number of big challenges ahead if the UK is to thrive in the knowledge-driven economy. Four stand out for CILIP:
- The transition from manufacturing to a knowledge driven economy will see the value of intangible assets such as intellectual property rise.
- Increased mobility within the workforce means the ability to telecommute is more attainable than ever. This brings with it an increased threat of competition, especially from overseas, as digital economic activity reduces dependency on location/proximity to clients and colleagues.
- Recognising the “I” for information in ICT. Information needs managing well and the skills and expertise of information managers need acknowledging as they will be an essential component to future success in a knowledge driven economy. This includes important areas such as information governance (e.g. freedom of information, data protection, copyright), data assurance and security and more recently the use of big data
- Ensuring a digitally and information literate population able to participate in all aspects of human life whether as consumer, employee, learner or citizen.
Libraries, especially public libraries and those serving educational institutions, are important in addressing the literacies necessary for life.
Libraries should be a partner within all local digital skills partnerships. They have a presence in most local communities; they are trusted institutions; and they have skilled staff.