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This guide assists in offering resources and ideas for picking topics that are relevant to today's issues, including the explosion of social media and global communication.

Did You Know???

Very provocative video on today's social media explosion, which includes "facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist."

What is the Digital Divide?

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Trends @ a Glance...

Interesting facts from the Pew Research Center
Internet and American Life Project Survey.


Since 2007, Internet usage in adults 18 and up has remained relatively flat. Has the internet plateaued?

The graph below speaks directly to the notion of the Digital Divide. Although all community types increase year over year, still only 50% of rural households have a broadband connection.

The next graph illustrates the age span of social media users. All age groups, including seniors 65 years or older are participating in social networking and their growth rate is porportionate to that of adults 18-49; "baby boomers" show the largest increase over a 5 year span.


Presented by Lee Raine, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project at the Computers In Libraries Conference on Wednesday, March 23, 2011