Author Archives: Larra Clark

New blog series to explore library digital inclusion roles

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland are pleased to launch a new Digital Inclusion blog series. Based largely on the Digital Inclusion Survey ( conducted in partnership with ALA, iPAC, and the International City/County ... Read More »

Moving from agenda to action for libraries

Cape May Public Library, Cape May, New Jersey

What a difference a year makes! I had a few moments to reflect on this in preparation for a working session with our nation’s state librarians last week at the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ (COSLA) Fall Meeting. We traded Teton Village, WY, bears for Cape May, NJ, yellow-rumped warblers in the landscape, but more importantly we built on ... Read More »

Digital Inclusion Survey documents libraries transforming

Libraries are helping identify health insurance resources for patrons

This week marks the release of one of the most powerful tools ALA and public libraries have to make our case in the digital age—the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey. Not only does it provide the most current and granular data available on library technology and programming resources, but the Information Policy & Access Center team at the University of Maryland ... Read More »

Six takeaways from new broadband report

Photo by www.GlynLowe .com via Flickr.

On Monday the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) released its report and recommendations on actions the federal government can take to improve broadband networks and bring broadband to more Americans. Twenty-five agencies, departments and offices took part in the Council, which also took public comments from groups like the ALA. The wide-ranging effort opened the door to address outdated program ... Read More »

ALA, ACRL, ARL, COSLA file network neutrality amicus

FCC building.

Four national library organizations today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. With other network neutrality allies also filing legal briefs, the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries ... Read More »