Digital Inclusion

Post Date: Mon, October 24, 2022

Media literacy is about accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating, and engaging with information. Whether news comes from a print newspaper, an online story, a social media post, a radio program or podcast, a video presentation, or other formats or channels, being able to critically evaluate sources and information is essential to being a well-rounded citizen.

Post Date: Tue, July 12, 2022

Don’t have the tools to connect to the internet and manage your personal online needs?  Now you can borrow a Chromebook computer from the Library! Use for education and research, check your email, browse websites, pay bills online, apply for jobs, stream music or movies, and more. Get details on how it works.

Post Date: Mon, October 7, 2019

Digital Inclusion Week is underway at the Kansas City Public Library, and to celebrate, our Tech Access program is hosting events at the Plaza Branch that are fun, informative, and help bridge the digital divide. Check out what we’ve got planned, and learn more about ways you can connect with technology assistance and resources at the Library.

Post Date: Wed, October 11, 2017

During a special five-day event in partnership with Brian Frehner, a tenured professor of science, technology, and society at University of Missouri–Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library offers free classes and drop-in sessions to help you with your smartphone, technology repair, and even prepare you for a job interview.

Post Date: Thu, May 19, 2022

The Library has long worked to ensure Kansas Citians can get free access to the internet, from providing public computers and offering classes and training resources to more recent Internet to Go  mobile Wi-Fi hotspot device lending service.  Earlier in May, President Joe Biden announced that 48 million American households are now eligible for free high-speed internet access. Find out what this means for those who currently lack reliable online access and how the Library is further responding to our community's connectivity needs.

Post Date: Tue, October 12, 2021

During U.S. Media Literacy Week (October 25 – 29, 2021), organizations across the country promote the importance of media literacy education. The Library offers a number of resources and programs that provide insights and access to the ways we gather, report, and respond to information about our world.  

Post Date: Mon, April 27, 2020

The  Library partnered with Connecting for Good and Kansas City Public Schools on April 17, 2020, to distribute 80 computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, headphones, and Turn the Page KC activity packets to KCPS families lacking internet access. Materials were distributed in the parking lot of the Library's Southeast Branch; many patrons in the neighborhood typically rely on the Library for regular computer and internet access. This was one of many ways the Library continues connecting the public with essential technology access during the COVID-19 crisis.

Post Date: Fri, August 26, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library is widening its digital literacy efforts, creating a new Digital Corps aimed at helping thousands of members of the community in the next two years to access and use vital digital resources. Applications for are open through September 16, 2022.

Post Date: Tue, May 11, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library is joining local efforts to facilitate a new federal program offering assistance to Kansas City-area residents and families struggling to pay for internet service and devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Post Date: Wed, December 18, 2019

How far has Kansas City come in connecting residents to increasingly essential high-speed internet services? It’s a key area of concern for the Library, which has taken a leadership role in efforts to expand digital access and literacy across the metro area. New analysis indicates progress, with the proportion of households using broadband rising from seven in 10 to more than eight over a four-year period. But it also shows KC lagging behind a number of similar-sized “competitor” cities. And it points to continued concerns for lower-income residents.

Post Date: Thu, November 15, 2018

Library Deputy Director Carrie Coogan keeps expanding her advocacy for digital literacy and inclusion – from efforts locally in Kansas City, Missouri, to leadership nationally to a place on the docket of arguably the world’s foremost brainstorming session on the health of the internet.

Post Date: Tue, October 25, 2022

Earlier this month, the Tech Access team at the Kansas City Public Library hosted events to promote Digital Inclusion Week, October 5-9 – dates designated in a mayoral proclamation by Quinton Lucas. This annual event, spearheaded by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, promotes digital equity efforts across the country and helps people enact change in their communities.

Post Date: Sat, March 21, 2020

More than ever, perhaps, we find ourselves relying on technology to stay informed, keep in touch with family and friends, continue school, and work effectively from our homes. Here are some resources – and some generous special offers – to help remain digitally connected during this challenging time. 

Post Date: Wed, September 2, 2020

The Library is introducing a new Internet to Go service that makes 100 Wi-Fi hotspots available to cardholders for free, 14-day checkouts. It’s an effort to bridge the digital divide at a time when the internet is more important than ever, but access has become even more limited. Learn more about this new service.

Post Date: Tue, July 27, 2021

As part of a groundbreaking effort to improve the content of the crowdsourcing encyclopedia, particularly where it focuses on people, places, and things related to Kansas City and the surrounding area, the Library is planning a series of community activities to be led by the first public library-based Wikipedian in Residence in the country

Post Date: Tue, February 22, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library is involved in many projects to serve local community members through digital inclusion services. For example, our job seeker programs, Tech Access programming, and the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion (to name just a few) serve patrons in the KC area.  But did you know we’re a leader in the national landscape of digital inclusion as well?