Digital Literacy

Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created. Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

Youth, tech and PB&J at Midwinter

Children using an iPad.

Technology is ubiquitous in our society today. It’s in our classrooms, businesses and homes, on our wrists and in our pockets. As the ambit of everyday objects and activities that employ – or even require the use of – technology continues to expand, what are the consequences for children and teens? Answering this question requires careful consideration of several policy ... Read More »

New report highlights library 3D printing leadership for policymakers

3D printer in action

  As many District Dispatch readers know, libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs. Today, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy released (OITP) ... Read More »

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 (digitalinclusion.umd.edu) conducted in partnership with ALA, iPAC, and the International City/County ... Read More »