http://www.flickr.com/photos/akijinn/11983333/Digital divideU.S. adults living with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet (62% vs. 81%). The internet access gap creates an online health information gapAmong young adults (14–24 years of age) in households below the federal poverty line, 61 % used public library computers and Internet for educational purposes. Among seniors (65 and older) living in poverty, 54 % used public library computers for health or wellness needs. For many people, social networks are a place for idle chatter about what they made for dinner or sharing cute pictures of their pets. But for people living with chronic diseases or disabilities, they play a more vital role.
Transliteracies: Libraries as the Critical “Classroom” Computers in Libraries 201l Brian Hulsey Strangedichotmy@wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler
Transliteracy is The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media.