Library Advocacy

FCC extends Net Neutrality public comment period to August 30

FCC building in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, the FCC announced it would extend the public comment period on its proposal to roll back a 2015 order protecting net neutrality for an additional two weeks. This phase of the process is supposed to allow for “replies” to arguments raised by other commenters. With close to 20 million comments in the public record so far, any additional ... Read More »

A visit to Senator Tester’s field office

Senator Tester speaking at a town hall meeting.

I moved to Montana three years ago when I accepted a position as director of Montana State University’s School Library Media preparation program. Like any good librarian, the very first thing I did when I moved to Bozeman was obtain my library card. And like any good library advocate, the second thing I did was learn about Montana politics. Montana ... Read More »

Connecting with your members of Congress

Guest post by: Eileen M. Palmer, NJLA Public Policy Committee Chairs (July 2016-June 2017) We’ve all heard it before but it is nonetheless true: effective advocacy is about building relationships. Building strong relationships is more than the occasional call to an elected official’s office requesting support for a bill or funding. Learning who your officials are and understanding their interests ... Read More »

New report explores rural library technology access

A new report from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. Broadband tower seen over a field.

A new report from the Office for Information Technology Policy focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. “Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs” explores nuances of rurality, details challenges rural libraries face in maximizing their ... Read More »