The ER librarian has a social responsibility to be knowledgeable about the digital divide. Discourse on the digital divide began in the mid-1990’s and continues today. Statistics reveal that divides still exist, particularly when considering income, education, region, disability, age, and race. Librarians face many challenges in taking on the digital divide. These challenges include issues of access, content, technical literacy, privacy, civic participation, education, employment, non-use, and political debate. Yet for each challenge, there is an opportunity for the ER librarian to thrive in facing down the digital divide.
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