Digital Divide

Getting connected with Google Fiber at Midwinter 2017

Google fiber logo - colorful houses and rainbow bunny rabbit

In the ICYMI file, take note of a session newly added to OITP’s lineup at Midwinter – Getting Connected with Google Fiber: Libraries Leading the Way to Digital Inclusion. Using the internet is obviously not just a matter of a connection. Library professionals know very well that many people in their communities struggle to gain access to online resources and turn to ... Read More »

Nov. 17 Lifeline webinar: New broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

As the American Library Association wrote in comments last year to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), library professionals witness daily the power of technology, as well as the detrimental impact on individuals and their communities when access is unavailable, inadequate or unaffordable. We know it is unacceptable that more than half of U.S. households with incomes below $25,000 today lack ... Read More »

Department of Labor recommends Workforce Boards work with libraries

Large letters spell out "Marker Space" on the side of two glass walls outside the Cincinnati Library Makerspace

Monday afternoon I attended the Department of Labor’s Customer Centered Design Challenge, which is all about how groups are implementing new workforce programs. I started out sitting next to Teresa Hitchcock from Bakersfield, California. She was telling me that she reached out to Nancy Kerr, her local library director and they have created an exciting partnership. Nancy said that she ... Read More »

Report from the DNC

text reading "2016 Democratic National Convention"

I’m just back from Philadelphia. Wow—the extent of the programming, meetings, and receptions is staggering. The Democratic National Convention basically took over Center City. A nirvana for policy and political types—familiar faces everywhere, but also many new ones. Here I’ll briefly report on aspects that are most relevant (or appropriate) to our ALA work. This is a national election and ... Read More »

A “Library for All” around the world and volunteer opportunity

Last week, I was in New York City for a board meeting for Library For All (LFA), a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library platform to address the lack of access to quality educational materials in developing countries. Among other things, I learned about the latest LFA success—in Cambodia, where the kids’ demand for ebooks came to exceed ... Read More »