Events

ConnectHome connects libraries too

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries have a long and increasingly recognized commitment to addressing digital inclusion and digital readiness needs in the United States. I count my own engagement back more than a decade talking to reporters about the role libraries play in providing both a digital safety net and a launching pad for deeper technology use to ... Read More »

ConnectHome kicks off in Durham

Secretary Castro poses with Cal Shepard, Tammy Baggett. Karin Cochran looks on.,

Guest Post by Cal Shepard, State Librarian of North Carolina On July 16 I made my way to a small recreation center in the middle of an urban neighborhood in Durham, N.C. Not my usual haunt on a summer afternoon, to be sure! I went to hear Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announce the ConnectHome ... Read More »

ALA Washington Office hosts Google Policy Fellow lunch

Painting for Fortune Magazine, 1947.

Guest Post by Johnna Percell, Google Policy Fellow On Thursday, July 16, ALA Washington Office welcomed a few of my colleagues in the Google Policy Fellowship to a lunch discussion of the office’s portfolio. The Google Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, and law students who are interested in Internet and technology policy to spend the summer working ... Read More »

3D and IP at VT

3D Printer

3D printers are finding their way into an ever-growing number of libraries, schools, museums and universities. Together, these institutions facilitate creative learning through 3D modeling, scanning and printing. Virginia Tech is one of the latest universities within this far-reaching “creative learning community” to build a makerspace replete with cutting-edge 3D technology. The facility, located in the Resource Center at the ... Read More »

Library youth and tech leaders on the Hill: We build a bridge between knowledge and passion

Participants in ALA's June 2015 Caitol Hill event on youth and technology.

“Libraries are often the sole or primary technological access point for their communities,” said U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) yesterday, kicking off a Capitol Hill event exploring the role of libraries in preparing children and teens for higher education and the workforce. In my childhood, “I went to the library every day. It opened up worlds I didn’t even know ... Read More »