Digital Literacy

ALA Urges Passage of Digital Learning Equity Act

Digital section of MLK Library in Washington, D.C.

ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community. ALA President Sari Feldman issued a statement applauding Reps. Welch and McKinley for co-sponsoring H.R. ... Read More »

Candidates should focus on community anchors

Libraries serve everyone in the community, photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Public Library

Libraries: The quintessential community organization in the digital age Given the critical role of local communities to our nation’s economic strength, ALA’s Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), is urging the presidential candidates to make communities, and specifically libraries in their role as community anchors, a central part of the candidates’ campaign conversations. Libraries are ... Read More »

Libraries improve student performance

young girl using a computer in a library

National Library Card Sign-up Month got a shout out from two leading voices on Capitol Hill: Ohio Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-9th) and James B. Renacci (R-16th). In an op ed article published in The Hill’s Congress Blog, Reps. Kaptur and Renacci advised their fellow congressmen of the strong link between libraries and student performance, telling them to “leverage the power of ... Read More »

Pew study affirms vital role of libraries

Parents and children gather around Belinda J. Pugh, supervisory librarian for the station library, as she reads one of many books during the Story Time class held in the children’s room of the station library here. Story Time is an hour-long class held in the children’s room every Thursday at 10 a.m. It is open to all children age 5 and younger to help promote reading.

Libraries are transforming amidst the changing information landscape and a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, Libraries at the Crossroads, affirms the evolving role of public libraries within their communities as vital resources that advance education and digital empowerment. “Public libraries are transforming beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and new services ... Read More »

ALA urges FCC to include internet in the Lifeline program

FCC building.

This week the American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments with the Federal Communications Commission in its Lifeline modernization proceeding. As it has done with its other universal service programs, including most recently with the E-rate program, the Commission sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders on how best to transition a 20th century program to one that meets the ... Read More »