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Category: Digital Divide

ALA collaborates with NTIA to launch, enhance

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, today launched, a gateway to class materials, research, online learning tools and more. Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share…


ALA’s Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) Launches Interactive Website on E-content Issues

“We have arrived at a critical juncture in history,” said Jacqueline Rafferty, President, Massachusetts Library Association & Chapter Councilor to ALA. “The rapid proliferation of electronic content (e-content), combined with library inaccessibility to e-content, is undermining the historic library missions of providing equitable access to information for all people and…

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Will there be contemplation in future libraries?

When I’m not occupied with urgent matters (aka firefighting), my preoccupation is the future of libraries. Here, this topic is known as “America’s Libraries for the 21st Century,” a formal OITP Program–though obviously this theme cuts across all of the office’s work.  Of course, the digital revolution currently taking place…


ALA: Funding from USDA will enhance library services in rural communities

Contact: Jenni Terry Press Officer ALA Washington Office (202) 628-8410 For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday that rural communities in 32 states will receive loans and grants provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to address local needs including…