E-rate, broadband @ ARSL in Little Rock

ARSO Tshirt featured at 2015 Little Rock conference

Waiting for my connecting flight on the way back to D.C. from the 2015 conference of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) in Little Rock, I had plenty of time to reflect on the whirlwind of experiences that were packed into my day and a half at the conference. While the impetus for attending was the E-rate modernization ... Read More »

Really rockin ARSL conference in Little Rock

ARSL logo2

I just returned from the 2015 conference of the Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) held in Little Rock. Wow! The enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and collegiality of these librarians are extraordinary—and especially so, given the very limited resources that many of them have available to serve their communities. And ARSL itself is on a fine upward trajectory, concluding their ... Read More »

Chairman Wheeler E-rate game #OnPoint

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

E-rate is nothing if not opportunistic and opportunity struck while hundreds of librarians combed congressional offices during National Library Legislative Day to talk with representatives about funding the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and to support programs for school libraries as well as Net Neutrality and privacy issues. I was able to sneak two away from the Leg Day ... Read More »

Marijke Visser honored with 2015 ALA Staff Achievement Award

Marijke Visser

The American Library Association (ALA) recently recognized a Washington Office staffer for her successful leadership advocating on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. ALA last week awarded Marijke Visser, associate director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the 2015 Staff Achievement Award for her work to push for the Federal ... Read More »

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real ... Read More »