What do you know about the 2009 transition from analog to digital television (DTV)? It’s a big deal, and getting bigger every day closer to February 17, 2009, when analog TV signals will cease. As with all consumer and government issues, many patrons will be coming into the library looking for information and assistance with the DTV transition.
In light of that, the ALA Washington Office has created a DTV Flier (PDF, 4 MB), which librarians can use to get a feel for the basics of the DTV transition and which can also be posted for public viewing.
Librarians are frequently looked to for answers – especially when it involves a new government initiative or process – and the DTV transition will be no exception. We encourage you to post this flier widely in order to spread the word!
FCC DTV Workshop
Also, tomorrow, September 26, the FCC is hosting a Digital Television Consumer Education Workshop, which will feature Carrie Lowe, Internet Policy Specialist in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, as a panelist. This event will be webcast for those who cannot attend.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to jointly discuss the challenges associated with the upcoming transition and explore ways to develop coordinated consumer education activities. Organizations representing a broad range of consumers and other stakeholders will be represented, including those who represent senior citizens, low-income consumers, non-English speakers, people with disabilities, tribes, and public interest organizations working on behalf of underserved customers or those living in rural areas.