SCDI: Sacramento Public Library Authority Board Adopts Resolution

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On Sept. 26th, members of the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion’s steering committee presented in front of the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board urging them to adopt the Coalition’s report on digital inclusion and equity within the Greater Sacramento Region.

After presenting, Angelique Ashby City Councilmember of District 1 made comments about the need to bridge the digital divide and that the Coalition and its call to action was in the right direction. Karina Talamantes Board Member of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) spoke positively of the Coalition’s work and called the steering committee to work with SCOE in bridging the digital divide.

The resolution proposed was adopted by the board and reads:

A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK 2019 – OCTOBER 7-11, 2019

WHEREAS, digital equity will be achieved when everyone has access and use of digital skills training, the Internet, and technology devices to be successful in society, democracy, and the economy regardless of their background and identity; and

WHEREAS, the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion consists of over 40 organizations and is focused on creating more opportunities for digital equity in the Greater Sacramento Region; and

WHEREAS, the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion facilitated public workshops between July and August 2019 across four locations within Sacramento County to collect community feedback and service provider insights on digital equity needs within the County; and

WHEREAS, the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion published a report in September 2019 finding that digital inequity disrupts one's social, economic, and democratic life and that digital equity deserts exist in Sacramento County; and

WHEREAS, the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion is a member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, which represents more than 350 affiliated organizations in 44 states working toward digital equity; and

WHEREAS, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance is the sponsor of Digital Inclusion Week 2019, an international event to raise awareness of solutions addressing home Internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board that we do hereby recognize October 7th to 11th, 2019 as Digital Inclusion Week to raise awareness about the importance of achieving digital equity in Sacramento.

Cameron Law