Digital Divide

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 »

Public libraries, employment & digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** For more than five years, the Public Libraries and the Internet survey has explored how libraries leverage their technology resources and services to enable employment opportunity for community members. The research consistently shows libraries go beyond bridging the digital inclusion gap by providing computer and Internet access to ... Read More »

Connecting all Americans to broadband

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today’s society, not all Americans are able to enjoy its economic and social benefits. In ... 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 »

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 »