Sunday, September 03, 2006

The impact of "e-government" on Public Libraries

According to this article in Library Journal, state and federal government forms are increasingly in electronic form. Government officials are directing citizens to public libraries to use the Internet to fill out forms for disaster relief, Medicare Drug Plan D forms and welfare applications. "In the decade between 1994 and 2004, Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries jumped from 20.9 percent to 99.6 percent, and nearly all offer public access. In 1998, only 3.4 percent of public libraries had ten or more public Internet workstations; now the national average is 10.7 workstations" according to Library Journal. Libraries are not getting additional funding for technology to compensate for this increased use. The article concludes the government should create a definitive policy on e-government and train librarians accordingly.


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