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August 10, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EveryLibrary Reports on Libraries Without Borders' Current Effort to Bridge the Digital Divide

EveryLibrary shares the following in “Bridging the Digital Divide One Load of Laundry at a Time” from its Medium account:

Libraries are coming up with innovative solutions for reaching out to people all over the community. Their new strategies take into consideration the different types of situations people may be facing when it comes to access to things like books, the internet, and other educational resources. Recently, Libraries Without Borders came up with an idea to address this need for patrons by meeting them where they’re at in the community: laundromats! …

Libraries Without Borders is a nonprofit organization that is working on behalf of underserved communities to increase access to information. … This initiative stemmed from a need to provide digital and literary access to people in the community that may have barriers in accessing their local libraries. The goal is to transform over 30,000 laundromats in the United States into digital learning communities. The Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) gives families the resources they need in a space they commonly visit.

This was a great place to start reaching the community for multiple reasons. Families usually wash their clothes on a weekly or biweekly basis which means they are consistently visiting these places. In addition, doing laundry comes with a long wait time and families are usually spending an hour and a half just washing and drying clothes. Laundromats are also easily accessible because their operating hours are much longer than public libraries with some even being open 24/7.

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