Digital Divide

A Weekend in Texas: Public Computer Centers and More

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in the Digital Inclusion in Texas Conference and Colloquium held at the University of Texas at Austin. The event was a thought-provoking synthesis of practice, research, and public policy centered around projects funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), public computer centers, broadband deployment, and related topics. The conference ... Read More »

Tech Policy Expert to Talk Libraries at ALA Conference

Telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community this summer at the 2013 Annual American Library Association Conference. Crawford will address conference attendees during the Washington Update session on Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 8:30—10:00a.m. in the McCormick Place convention center. Read More »

Putting Libraries on the National Stage

Every day public library staff witness firsthand the importance of digital literacy skills in applying for work, furthering education, seeking government assistance and a host of essential life functions. Starting today, a new national campaign will help others understand how vital these skills are so that everyone can access the power of the Internet. Public libraries, Connect2Compete, their national partners, ... Read More »

House members move to recognize today’s digital literacy divide

Yesterday, Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) along with six of their colleagues introduced a resolution (H. Res. 81) designating March 21 as National Digital Literacy Day. March 21 is also the launch of a three year national Ad Council campaign “3.21 EveryoneOn” to promote the importance of digital literacy. ALA, along with the Institute ... Read More »

Public Libraries: A Lifeline to Technology Resources

New ALA Report “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP” Shares Community Impacts Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP,” a new report (pdf) that details U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The preliminary report is the first of its kind to highlight statewide library BTOP projects and ... Read More »