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Digitally dependent, but technologically restricted: inequalities of access laid bare by Covid-19

Pittaway, Sarah ORCID: and Jones, Stephanie (2021) Digitally dependent, but technologically restricted: inequalities of access laid bare by Covid-19. In: CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Annual Conference 2021: “The appliance of science: what might developments in science and technology mean for Special Collections?”, 7th-8th September 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

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This talk will offer a counterpoint to sessions that focus on technical developments in the sector. Reflecting on our experiences of working within a unique joint public and university library, we will focus on our experiences of digital poverty over the course of the pandemic. Digital poverty is not a new phenomenon, but the pandemic has brought with it a magnification of digital need. The shift to online has created an increased dependence on digital, and simultaneously highlighting the inequalities of access to hardware, data, and digital skills and confidence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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A pdf file of this conference presentation is available to download from this WRaP record.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: science, technology, Special Collections, Covid-19 pandemic, digital inequality, digital poverty
Divisions: Central Services > Library Services
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Depositing User: Sarah Pittaway
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 11:52
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 12:34

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