Author Archives: Larra Clark

ALA conference panel explores resources for digital inclusion

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Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “Half of American families that earn less than $25,000 annually are not connected to the internet,” said Larra Clark, ... Read More »

Upping people’s digital IQ

OITP's Larra Clark participates in roundtable, "What's Your Digital IQ?"

It was my pleasure last week to join the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), Nielsen and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) in a roundtable discussion on the importance of digital empowerment. “What’s Your Digital IQ?” was opened by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talking about the importance of the $1 ... Read More »

Narrowing the Justice Gap

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While criminal justice issues have been increasingly in the public eye, lack of access to civil legal information and resources is a less well-known challenge that results in people appearing in court without lawyers in critical life matters such as eviction, foreclosures, child custody and child support proceedings, and debt collection cases. According to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), more ... Read More »

Libraries need to Grow2Gig+

John Windhausen, SHLB members launch the #Grow2Gig campaign.

As many of you know, the ALA is a founding member of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, which was created in 2009 to advocate for community anchor institutions as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. I also am proud to serve on the SHLB board of directors and to share the new “Connecting Anchor Institutions: A ... Read More »

ALA Past President Carla Hayden receives warm Senate welcome

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It was a standing room only crowd at today’s confirmation hearing of Dr. Carla Hayden, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Librarian of Congress, with the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The hearing marks the first step in the Senate review process. Three Maryland senators (one former) presented Dr. Carla Hayden to the committee. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes (and ... Read More »