Building Digital Communities: Pilot

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Building Digital Communities: Pilot Summit 2011

With one in five Americans not using the internet and online interactions becoming a daily necessity of individuals and organizations, communities are recognizing the importance of taking action to increase digital inclusion. Libraries, local government and non-profit organizations are often the leaders of local digital inclusion efforts. Building Digital Communities: Pilot is a project supporting and documenting the work of pilot communities to increase the access and use of digital technologies. The work is based upon Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action created by IMLS, the University of Washington and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Building Digital Communities: Pilot relies upon the principles and steps defined in the Bulding Digital Communities: A Framework for Action and Getting Started. In order to further the knowledge base of how communities become more digitally inclusive, we are posting lessons learned and digital inclusion planning resources. Each of the pilot communities is represented by a coalition of a library, a local government and a community-based organization.

Because digital inclusion is a complex and community-wide goal requiring a multi-sector coalition, we are focusing on the steps recommended in the framework.

  1. Convene stakeholders.
  2. Develop a shared community understanding of digital inclusion.
  3. Create a community action plan.
  4. Implement the plan.
  5. Evaluate and revise the plan.

OCLC has partnered with the University of Illinois Center for Digital InclusionWaymark Systems to provide stakeholder engagement expertise and guidance.

To support the pilot communities and further the knowledge base, OCLC’s WebJunction is hosting resources online including a case study of the stakeholder engagement process in Rhode Island, and convening webinars. Recognizing that digital inclusion strategies must be community-wide and the need for information dissemination, all resources and webinars are available to the public.

Project Documentation

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Trail-Blazing Digital Inclusion Communities

Publish Date: News / 19 November 2013

Increasing a community's access to and use of information technology requires collaboration among libraries, local government, non-profits, and business. This is a fundamental basis of Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action (The Framewo...

Talking About an Evolution: Digital Inclusion in Dodge City

Publish Date: News / 16 September 2013

Most of us have heard the term digital inclusion, though we may all have different ideas about what it means, and how if affects those around us. As Dodge City, Kansas, set out to build a more digitally inclusive community, local leaders first had to...

Building a Digital Dodge City

Publish Date: Webinar / 10 September 2013

This webinar provides a look at Dodge City's community-wide digital inclusion initiative to understand the process of engaging multiple sectors throughout the process.

Steps 1 and 2 of Building Digital Communities

Publish Date: Document / 27 June 2013

The first two steps of Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action are to "Convene stakeholders" and "Develop a shared community understanding of digital inclusion".