Really rockin ARSL conference in Little Rock

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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 »

Last chance to support libraries at SXSW

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A couple of weeks ago, the ALA Washington Office urged support for library programs at South by Southwest (SXSW). The library community’s footprint at this annual set of conferences and activities has expanded in recent years, and we must keep this trend going! Now is your last chance to do your part, as public voting on panel proposals will end ... Read More »

Start-ups, start your engines

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Yesterday marked the 12th annual Start-Up Day Across America – a “holiday” dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local entrepreneurship. Organized under the auspices of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National Start-Up Day represents an opportunity for owners of local businesses to meet directly with their elected federal representatives and share their ideas and concerns about ... Read More »

Time to vote for libraries at SXSW

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Believe it or not, the annual interdisciplinary fete known as South by Southwest (SXSW) is once again around the corner – and, as in years past, we need your help to make sure libraries are well represented. Last year, with your help, OITP’s Larra Clark participated in the Austin-based event (which consists of four separate convenings – SXSW Interactive, SXSW ... Read More »

ConnectHome connects libraries too

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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 »