Author Archives: Larra Clark

Rising to the newest (Knight) challenge

DC Public Library in Washington, D.C. Photo by Maxine Schnitzer Photography.

It has been said that “libraries are the cornerstone of our democracy” so the newest Knight News Challenge on Elections should be right up our alley. From candidate forums to community conversations, about half of all public libraries report to the Digital Inclusion Survey that they host community engagement events. What is your library doing that you might want to ... Read More »

ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. In a statement issued today, the American Library Association (ALA), applauded this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet. “America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over ... Read More »

Gearing up for South by Southwest

South by Southwest Banner

“What the Future?” is not the usual interpretation of its acronym, but the question is at the heart of the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and EDU technology conferences. One answer to this question for public libraries, entrepreneurs and our communities is “Co-working, Collaboration and Creation @ your library.” This also is the title of our SXSW panel (Sunday, ... Read More »

Last call: Comment on draft national policy agenda for libraries by 2-27!

Image of the word "policy" in the dictionary.

Among the hundreds of powerful connections and conversations that took place at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, librarians of all backgrounds began commenting on a draft national policy agenda for libraries. They asked how libraries can secure additional funding at a time of government budget cuts. Several noted and appreciated the inclusion of federal libraries, and most ... Read More »

ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

Diverse kids around a laptop

Today, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424), which would help ensure that our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a feasibility study on providing additional unlicensed spectrum in the ... Read More »