Anita Mathis, is picture in front of two of the four desktops that were donated to her library, archives and cultural center. When I first called Anita about the possibility of working with her library she was so excited. She had received wonderful news that they would soon have the whole building for outreach. Her library only had one desktop that was very old. Now thanks to a donor for our project, the Delaware Tribe have four very needed desktops. The four desktops have already given new opportunities for outreach. Anita plans to hold computer classes and considering GED classes. The new space will allow them to have a summer reading program and cultural activities for the youth. Anita works closely with all the departments; the Lenape language and Culture is very present in the space. It has been such an honor getting to know Anita better. She has created her space from the very beginning – collecting what she could and donations. It truly is wonderful, cared for and well exhibited. At ATALM in a 2017 workshop, I was sharing how the Delaware put photos on their website and in newsletters asking for help in identifying unknown photos. (I did not know that Anita was attending our workshop – so many faces.) Anita spoke up – “That was me.” Yes, that is Anita – she is always willing to share, and I shared what I learned from her too.
Definition: Digital Equity
Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
Definition: Digital Inclusion
Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical support; and 5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration. Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.