A new library research initiative by the Equity Through Education Research Centre at Massey University is underway and library managers and staff throughout New Zealand are invited to participate. The research seeks to investigate the role of public libraries in promoting digital inclusion and overcoming the digital divide.
The project is funded by InternetNZ, and includes ongoing consultation with LIANZA and Public Libraries NZ. Two national surveys have been developed – one for library managers and another for library staff – to identify the types of activities and role of public libraries in enabling New Zealand citizens to access digital technologies and services, and how their current programmes and initiatives are enabling digital citizenship within urban and rural communities across the country.
All DIAA library partners delivering Stepping UP or JUMP programmes are encouraged to participate in these surveys:
Library staff survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXJGTY7
Library Managers’ Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRKDVMK
The research is being conducted by Dr Maggie Hartnett, Associate Professor Mandia Mentis, Associate Professor Alison Kearney, Dr Lucila Carvalho, and Dr Philippa Butler. Any questions about the research or about this survey should be referred to Maggie Hartnett, at firstname.lastname@example.org.