EP Education Committee highlights importance of libraries for digital inclusion

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 15:45

The European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) today adopted an own-initiative report on new technologies and open educational resources. The report was drafted by rapporteur Cătălin Sorin Ivan (S&D/RO) in response to the European Commission's communication 'Opening up Education'. Among others, the report mentions the important role public libraries play in this field, both by providing free internet access and by training citizens' ICT skills.

The Commission's communication sets out a European agenda for stimulating high quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching through new technologies and digital content. The communication discusses in depth access to open education resources (OER) in general, including massive online open courses (MOOCs). As the Ivan report points out, many Europeans do not have the ICT skills or Internet access needed to take advantage of these new resources. Public libraries improve these citizens’ digital inclusion.