Monday, April 28, 2008

Opening Session: Larry Irving

  • coined term "digital divide"
  • 7 years as "Assistant Secrtary of Commerce for Communications and Information"
  • work with the Pew Internet Project
  • lawyer / technologist
  • community access points: public libs
  • digital divide is shifting to mobile devices...from land lines / desk tops etc...*wifi vip
  • wikipedia good eg. of democratizing of info
  • people need libraries: intellectual / digital / media literacy
  • industrial revolution INFO revolution....libs needed
  • public media / TV / arts...public media "space" pulling it all together...including libraries...public + academic
  • "don't get too attached" to the current state of things...they will change soon!

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