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 – are uniquely suited to play an important role in taking on this problem.
The name “the analog divide” would also make for a great synth-pop combo.
theanalogdivide is operated by Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The opinions expressed here are his own, and do not represent those of his employer. Please direct your blog-related emails to toby [at] theanalogdivide [dot] com.
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