I contributed a chapter to Tech for All: Moving Beyond the Digital Divide, edited by Lauren Comito and published by Rowman & Littlefield. My chapter was about using entry-level hardware and open source technology to create a low-cost fleet of laptops that can be used in a bunch of different ways. It’s a write-up of a real project we did at the Millis Public Library.
Description: How can libraries ensure that patrons from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds have access to advanced technology training and hardware? Everyone knows libraries provide access to computers and the internet for day to day use, but many libraries have gone beyond those basic services. Makerspaces and advanced tech training are often not equitably distributed between differing communities. The digital divide is still very real, and by not providing equal access to maker spaces and other similar services libraries may be unintentionally contributing to that divide.