Author Archives: Larra Clark

Put your library on Digital Inclusion map before Dec 12!

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Last call! Add your voice now to a nationally representative study of public libraries and the roles they play in community digital inclusion. Participate in the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey by December 12 to add your library to interactive community maps and support efforts to educate policymakers and the media about modern library services, resources and infrastructure. Participation in the ... Read More »

Network Neutrality update

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About eight months and 4 million comments after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on preserving and protecting the Open Internet, a decision could come as soon as the December 11th FCC open meeting. The American Library Association (ALA) and a host of higher education and library colleagues have been engaged in this conversation throughout, ... Read More »

Data powers advocacy: Please log onto Digital Inclusion Survey today!

I can attest to the power of library data like that provided by thousands of libraries through the Digital Inclusion Survey throughout my career. From reporters calling the Public Information Office to other researchers and library students while in the Office for Research and Statistics to now with Beltway policymakers and legislators, the time librarians make to respond to national ... Read More »

“Outside the Lines” at ICMA

This week, many libraries are inviting their communities to reconnect as part of a national effort called Outside the Lines (September 14-20). Since my personal experience of new acquaintances often includes an exclamation of “I didn’t know libraries did that,” and this experience is buttressed by Pew Internet Project research that finds that only about 23 percent of people who ... Read More »

It must be “FCC month” at the ALA

Well, yes, almost any month could be “FCC month” with the number of proceedings that affect libraries and our communities, but September has been particularly busy. Monday we entered the next round of E-rate activity with comments in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (emphasis added), and closed out a record-setting public comment period in ... Read More »