Author Archives: Marijke Visser

Coding at the library? Join the 2016 Congressional App Challenge

Close up of a laptop keyboard and screen displaying code

Last week marked the official start of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge, an annual nationwide event to engage student creativity and encourage participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and computer science (CS) education. The Challenge allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application (or app) for ... Read More »

More time to file… E-rate forms (not your taxes)

Maze

Today, the Schools and Libraries Divisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the E-rate program, announced that it will extend the current form 471 filing window through May 26. For libraries and consortia, a second window will open to extend the filing window for those two groups until July 21. This additional window is in recognition of ... Read More »

E-rate does not suffer fools

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today, ALA submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the 2016 E-rate application window.  This year’s application process has proven challenging, in large part due to the new online filing system, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). While the online system has a number of benefits to the applicant, the roll-out of this entirely new system has ... Read More »

ALA submits comments on Family Engagement and Early Learning

A parent reads to small children at her local library.

Yesterday, were we getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter conference that starts this week? Uh, no. In fact we were putting the finishing touches on comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. Their draft policy statement includes specific Principles ... Read More »

E-rate, broadband @ ARSL in Little Rock

ARSO Tshirt featured at 2015 Little Rock conference

Waiting for my connecting flight on the way back to D.C. from the 2015 conference of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) in Little Rock, I had plenty of time to reflect on the whirlwind of experiences that were packed into my day and a half at the conference. While the impetus for attending was the E-rate modernization ... Read More »