Author Archives: Larra Clark

Public libraries top public Wi-Fi spot for African Americans, Latinos

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

A first-of-its-kind survey (pdf) finds that public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access point for African Americans and Latinos—with roughly one-third of these communities using public library Wi-Fi. This is true for 23 percent of white people, who list school as their top public Wi-Fi spot. The study of Wi-Fi usage patterns by John Horrigan and Jason Llorenz ... Read More »

Grab E-rate Order CliffsNotes and join PLA webinar to get a jumpstart on “New Year, New E-rate”

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For those of us who did not take Marijke Visser’s advice for light holiday reading, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow Bob Bocher has a belated gift. Click here to get the library “CliffsNotes” of the E-rate Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2014. This summary provides a high-level overview of the 76-page Order, focusing ... Read More »

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 »