Research into Practice

Vol 15 No 2 (2017)

Assessing Access in School Libraries: Developing Meaningful Use of Library Resources and Services

Submitted
May 6, 2019
Published
May 6, 2019

Abstract

The digital equity issue has been called the ‘civil right’ issue of our time. A recent Australian report considers lack of internet access is a socioeconomic factor, along with unemployment, lack of social engagement of young adults, low Year 9 reading levels, disability support, prison admissions, and domestic violence (Newman & Gurstein, 2016). This report raises the issue of ‘the myth of choice'. "Do those proposing that everything move online genuinely believe that there are no longer people who aren’t online?" (Newman & Gurstein, 2016). The authors advocate going the ‘extra mile’ to bridge a digital divide characterised by variation of internet use along lines of educational level, reading and writing ability, rural-urban location, ethnic group, and gender.