The new year is often a time of change, and that is especially true for me this time around.
With the new year I will be starting a new job as the Colorado Public Computer Centers Project Coordinator. This will be a major project and a major change for me in many ways, but one I can’t wait to begin.
As many of you know, bridging the digital divide is something I am passionate about and this project, funded by a BTOP grant with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is all about bridging that gap for the people of Colorado.
There are tons of reports and articles coming out about the digital divide. People from the Knight Commission to the New York Times are talking about internet access and use by Americans and what those numbers tell us.
We can read reports and look at stats to get a glimpse of what is happening in our country and what is creating the new second class citizen. The reality, though, is not well told through numbers.
What we are really facing is best illustrated through the fear and confusion of someone trying to file for unemployment online, apply for a job, or even help their child do their school work. The haves and the have-nots of our future will be determined by access to and understanding of technology.
Libraries are, at the core, about access to resources and community enrichment. What modern institution is better suited to step up and bridge the digital divide for our communities?
This project is an amazing step in creating real change and opportunity for the communities in Colorado that are the most in need.
I am honored to be a part of such an important project alongside all of the amazing individuals in the Colorado library community that have dedicated their lives to the service of others.
This is the beginning of real change not just for me but for many Coloradans and I can’t wait to get started.