Check out the January 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, where OITP IT Policy Analyst Timothy Vollmer has written a piece titled “On-the-Ground Lesons from OITP’s Public Library Connectivity Study” (PDF). His article discusses findings from the 2007 OITP Connectivity Study, examining the exploding demand for broadband connectivity at public libraries, analyzing barriers to increasing connectivity, and suggesting ways libraries and policymakers may better plan for and implement fast connections in public libraries. From ALATechSource:
In the January 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, “Funding ad Budgeting for Library Technology in Today’s Economy,” by Larra Clark and Denise Davis, ALA TechSource responds to the economic situation with a timely report that offers a detailed look at the library-funding landscape and features expertly authored practical guidelines for stretching a library’s budget as far as it can go.
“This issue examines the current state of library-technology funding, looking at common problems and concerns among librarians who make technological decisions for their facilities throughout the United States. It also analyzes in detail funding sources and patterns in public libraries by size and population served,” explained Dan Freeman, ALA TechSource editor. “A look at qualitative data from a series of visits to public libraries around the country–where the authors interviewed staff to get a more detailed look at how librarians deal with technology funding issues–is also in the issue,” he added.