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Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

MLK Digital Commons in Washington, D.C. Photo by Phil-Freelon

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s Midwinter (ALA) Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of “Got E-rate?,” a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included ... Read More »

Make your mark on national policy agenda for libraries!

Donald Harrison Health Sciences Library, OH

As many of us bundle up and prepare to head to Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA has added another discussion item for attendees—and beyond. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft national policy agenda for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. As ALA President Courtney Young states ... Read More »

Public libraries top public Wi-Fi spot for African Americans, Latinos

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

A first-of-its-kind survey (pdf) finds that public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access point for African Americans and Latinos—with roughly one-third of these communities using public library Wi-Fi. This is true for 23 percent of white people, who list school as their top public Wi-Fi spot. The study of Wi-Fi usage patterns by John Horrigan and Jason Llorenz ... Read More »

Where the heck did all of these librarians come from?

Thompson Rivers University via flickr

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is transparency, but I ... Read More »

Money does not solve everything (including copyright)

Pile of money. Photo by Nick Ares via flickr

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s installment is everyone’s favorite copyright ... Read More »