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Title: IFLA Submission to WSIS Reporting 2022
Authors: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Keywords: Subject::Internet access
Subject::Public access
Subject::Public internet access
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2022
Abstract: The past year has seen continued affirmation of the role that internet access in libraries can play in delivering on the wider goals of WSIS, building on the combination of the opportunities created by the internet with the unique combination of spaces and staff offered by libraries. Initiatives launched during the pandemic, in response to lockdowns, have shown a continued relevance, and seem likely to become permanent fixtures. These include new partnerships and new ways to turn connectivity into real-world impact. At the same time, there remain challenges about under-investment by governments in libraries, meaning that they are less able to fulfil their potential in many countries and regions than would otherwise be the case. Looking to the future, and in particular in the context of efforts to promote school connectivity, we believe that it is time for a new affirmation of the value of connecting libraries as part of wider digital inclusion strategies. Such work should ensure that libraries are not set up to fail by encouraging and enabling partnerships, and ensuring that library staff have the skills, support and tools to realise their potential here.
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