I've accepted a 12 month position with OCLC as their Digital Inclusion Program Manager. I'll be leading a national project in its second year supporting and documenting the work of nine communities around the country increasing access and use of digital technologies for healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities. The nine communities are piloting the framework for building digital communities created by IMLS, the University of Washington and the International City/County Management Association.
The position gives me the opportunity to continue my quest to increase digital literacy and broadband access. I've been working in this field since graduate school when my assistantship had me working with nonprofit organizations providing computer training and internet access. That was 1996. When I led the Ohio Community Computing Network (2000-2006) I was told by more than one person the services of OCCN would eventually be unnecessary because the cost of computers would be so low everyone would have one. Fast forward to today. The specific challenges and how we will solve them have changed but the essential need to participate in a digital world has only increased.
Today the conversation centers on the need for individuals and organizations to have access to high speed broadband and be digitally literate, not only for their benefit but for the community as a whole.
ShinyDoor will continue to promote and support nonprofits, government agencies and small businesses with social networking guidance. In order for me to concentrate on my new duties, future ShinyDoor projects will rely heavily on the other ShinyDoor team members.