theanalogdivide is a blog devoted to examining the intersection of online technology with traditional library services. The term “analog divide” is a play on the “digital divide,” which addresses the gaps in physical technology existing between one group of people and another. But equipment is only a small part of the issue. Great gaps still exist in training and the general understanding of how technology operates. As technology itself becomes a greater part of the social environment, these competencies become even more essential. Libraries – perhaps the last pure nexus point of community and information within the public sphere – serve to play an important role in taking on the problem of this analog divide.
The name “analog divide” would also make for a great synth-pop combo.
theanalogdivide is operated by Toby Greenwalt, Adult Services Librarian at Skokie Public Library. Please direct your blog-related emails to theanalogdivide [at] gmail [dot] com.
All opinions contained on theanalogdivide belong solely to the site owner (Toby Greenwalt), and are not to be construed as belonging to any individual, organization, or employer affiliated with him.
As of December 17, the site is still very much under construction. Expect a lot of changes, both content- and form-wise over the next few weeks.