E-Rate Expert John Noran Speaks One-on-One with ALA Conference Attendees

The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy hosted a face-to-face question- and-answer session with John Noran, senior manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the E-rate program. Noran met ... Read More »

Discuss E-Rate Face-to-Face with Expert John Noran at ALA Conference

Does your library get E-rate discounts? Would you like to learn more about the program? Do you apply for E-rate, but still have questions? On Sunday, June 24, 2012, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy will host a face-to-face Q&A session with E-Rate expert John Noran at the 2012 Annual American Library Association Conference. Noran is the ... Read More »

Thanking a Friend

Often the first step in preparing a retirement celebration is to ask colleagues and friends to share stories about the person retiring. It’s not often that you receive more stories than can possibly be incorporated into a two minute speech at the goodbye and good luck party. This was definitely the case when we announced Bob Bocher’s retirement from the ... Read More »

ALA supports FCC proposal to fund digital literacy training through public libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) yesterday filed comments (pdf) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting its proposal to advance broadband adoption by low-income people through digital literacy training in our nation’s public libraries and schools.  After wide consultation with the library community, the ALA asserted six main points: Digital literacy is vital to ensuring equal opportunity in a knowledge ... Read More »

ALA Supports FCC Digital Literacy Initiative

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a public notice seeking comments on who or what organizations should be involved in implementing a nationwide Digital Literacy program.  This FCC action is an initial step in implementing Recommendation 9.3 in the National Broadband Plan which calls for the federal government to initiate a Digital Literacy program.  As the National Broadband Plan ... Read More »