Sheep Wagons & Wheels: How the Ivan Doig Archive Brought Digital Inclusivity to the Big Sky Country State Fair


  • Hannah McKelvey
  • Carmen Clark


Ivan Doig, county fair, Montana author, archives, outreach, Bozeman, bookmobile


According to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), digital equity is defined as “a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy” (2017). NDIA further explains that digital equi-ty is “necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to es-sential services” (2017). Article X, Section 1 of the Montana Constitution states, “it is the goal of the people to establish a system of education which will develop the full educational potential of each per-son. Equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to each person of the state” (Montana Legisla-tive Services, 2017), while Title 22, Part. 4 states that the purpose of libraries is “to provide the bene-fits of quality public library service to all residents of Montana”, which includes “building digitally inclusive communities” (American Library Association, 2015). In the summer of 2017, two Montana libraries, one public and one academic, teamed up to achieve this purpose by bringing quality library service to an unlikely crowd by collaborating with their local county fair.