Digital Inclusion Week 2018

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What is 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).

Five elements of digital inclusion:

  1. Affordable, robust broadband internet service
  2. Internet-enabled devices that meet users’ needs
  3. Access to digital literacy training
  4. Quality technical support
  5. Apps and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration

What resources are available at JMRL?

  • Computers and WiFi for public use in every branch
  • WiFi hotspots to checkout
  • Equipment to scan or digitize personal materials
  • Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines
  • Database resources
  • Chromebooks for use in the Central Library
  • Free computer tutorials at every branch

Want to build your skills?

Contact your local branch to find out about workshops or to set up a one-on-one tutorial. Visit JMRL’s website to browse a calendar of events. Special events happening this week are:

Apple Basics – Northside Library, 5/7, 2pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/7, 3-5pm

Creating a Digital Brand – Central Library, 5/7, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/8, 2-4pm

3D Printing 101 – Northside Library, 5/8, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/9, 5-7pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/10, 3-5pm

Tech Open House* – Central Library, 5/11, 11am-1pm

To build your skills on your own, try one of these websites: *digitallearn.org or gcflearnfree.org

Choose Privacy Week 2018

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Choose Privacy Week is an initiative from the American Library Association that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights. It’s a time to engage each other in conversation about “big data” and ensure that your private information is protected. Due to the recent revelations regarding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and with data breaches becoming more prevalent, this topic is becoming increasingly more important.

Your library is here to help. Take a look at one of these books to learn about how your personal data can be stored, tracked, and utilized, and how you can protect yourself:

Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier – Reveals the unsettling ways in which corporations and governments track and monitor everyday activities, profiling the technological, legal, and social solutions available for enabling better privacy and avoiding cybercrime.

The Aisles Have Eyes by Joseph Turow – Shows readers how merchants use data-mining to track shoppers and predictive analytics to change the way consumers buy, invade privacy, and define shopping reputations.

The Art of Invisibility by Kevin D. Mitnick – A world-famous hacker reveals unsettling truths about information vulnerability while outlining affordable online and offline strategies for maximizing privacy and computer security.

Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz – A former Google data scientist presents an insider’s look at what the vast, instantly available amounts of information from the Internet can reveal about human civilization and society.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data by Theresa Payton – Discusses the benefits of digital surveillance and data collection as well as the dangers associated with collection activities, and identifies the best protection measures against new technologies and surveillance measures.

Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin – An investigative journalist offers a revealing look at the surveillance economy in America that captures citizens’ actions online and off, putting individual freedoms at risk, and discusses results from a number of experiments she conducted to try and protect herself.

2018 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

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2018 Adult Poetry Contest winner Erin Newton Wells reads her poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads” at Poetry on the Steps

This year was the most successful yet for our third annual Jefferson-Madison Regional Library/WriterHouse Adult Poetry Contest. With 108 entries, it’s easy to see that poetry is near and dear to the hearts of those in the Charlottesville area. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Ron Smith, judged the contest this year and selected the winner as Erin Newton Wells with her poignant poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads.” For this poem, Erin won a $200 Visa gift card as her prize, along with a yearlong membership to WriterHouse. Congratulations, Erin! Pictured here, Erin reads her poem at Poetry on the Steps on April 26. Continue reading