Digital Divide

Librarians headline national BTOP summit

More than 100 representatives of community anchor institutions, telecom policymakers, and broadband providers convened on March 29, 2011, at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition BTOP Summit in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the day, attendees heard keynote addresses from U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA-5) and Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration ... Read More »

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 of preserving the recorded history of humankind for future generations.  ... Read More »

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 challenges the services, content, physical organization, staffing, funding, and every ... Read More »

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 library renovations, construction, and equipment upgrades. The $193 million in ... Read More »

ALA: FCC should consider role, benefits of libraries in National Broadband Plan

For Immediate Release Contact: Jenni Terry   WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Library Association (ALA) President Camila Alire encourages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider the role of America’s libraries in a National Broadband Plan as the FCC begins its workshop series to develop the plan.  The first workshop, to be held tomorrow, will focus on civic engagement and e-government — ... Read More »