The Digital Divide on the Navajo Reservation

I found a fantastic article about the digital divide on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  Although not directly about archives and special collections in libraries it is relevant because it does affect access to archives and special collections with today’s push towards digitization of archives and special collections.  Not only in Indian country, but across rural America, many are left without the ability to access digital resources.  As such, it begs the question who is being served in digitization efforts and how can we expand access to underserved populations?  Although we may not be able to assist or reach specific user groups through digitization of archives because of their geographic location or lack of digital access, there is great potential in library and museum archives to reach populations from whom source information was derived.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/digital-divide-tribal-lands_n_1403046.html?ref=technology

 

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