To the extent that the U.S. has made progress on digital inclusion is due largely to public libraries. However, if large scale, strategic progress is to be made, libraries cannot do it alone. Libraries have to build partners across other government agencies, non-profits, and businesses.
Ron Carlee from the International City/County Management Association sharing his thoughts on digital inclusion from the perspective of local government.
Carlee is speaking about libraries in the US, but this statement about partnership holds true in every country I have had the opportunity to visit. All of the great libraries I have visited (and I don’t mean great as in beautiful buildings, I mean great as in thriving, community responsive, community-owned institutions) have mastered partnership.