French libraries evaluate their role in facilitating digital inclusion

Picture from La Gazette Des Communes. Mark Diallo. President of the Association of Directors of Municipal and Community Libraries

Picture from La Gazette Des Communes. Mark Diallo. President of the Association of Directors of Municipal and Community Libraries

An article published by French website La Gazette Des Communes released a reflection about the responsibilities and limitations of libraries to facilitate digital inclusion. As explained in the text, there is a common agreement among librarians about their role promoting digital literacy and skills, however there are different visions among the community.

According to the Cultural Ministry of France, libraries should be considered one of the main avenues for the implementation of the National Strategy for Digital Inclusion. While this role has already been established, how exactly these organizations will participate in the endeavor is yet to be defined. Some options include the establishment of digital hubs in libraries, collaboration with the government to provide public services, or supporting individuals to apply for jobs using ICTs. As pointed out by the article, in the case of remote regions, libraries may be the only option to access infrastructure for connectivity.

Source: La Gazette Des Communes