Trying to close digital divide

Trying to close digital divide is a Newsday article The need for strong library marketing that underscores that minorities’ lack of access to computers continues more than two decades after the popularization of the personal computer. But the gap is narrowing, and libraries on Long Island, in New York City and across the country have helped to bridge the digital divide.

From December 1998 to September 2001, Internet usage grew at an annual rate of 31 percent for blacks and 26 percent for Hispanics. For whites, it was a 19 percent annual growth rate.

A recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project revealed that minorities are slightly more likely than whites to use the Internet at places other than home or work, with 23 percent of blacks and Hispanics using the Internet outside home or work, compared with 19 percent of whites.