Public Libraries

Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), the senior senator from Springfield, Ill., will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it Means for Libraries,” takes place from 8:30–10:00a.m. on Saturday, January ... Read More »

National Impact of Library Public Programs

Langsam Library shot from different views n the summer.

Within the library community, we understand the value of public programming—at least from an experiential perspective, seeing how our users benefit. But how can we understand the benefits and challenges of public programming systematically across libraries, and ultimately at a national level? The National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), a project of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public ... Read More »

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion?

Photo by Robert D Peyton via Flickr

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) brought the E-rate modernization proceeding to a conclusion with all the bravado it deserved. To a packed room, including library directors, teachers, a superintendent, a school principal and a handful of school students from D.C. public schools, the FCC staff presented the E-rate Order that the Chairman had circulated to his colleagues three weeks ... Read More »

E-rate order at the FCC? B-i-n-g-o!

Photo by Sarae via Flickr

You’re sitting down, right? This Thursday marks the culmination of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate modernization proceeding—18 months in the making. The Commissioners will vote on a landmark E-rate order that addresses the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries and the long-term funding shortage of the E-rate program. For the American Library Association (ALA) this is a very ... Read More »

Free financial literacy webinar for librarians

US Department of Labor

Today, the Department of Labor will host a webinar that will outline and discuss suggested activities states should undertake to comply with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) beginning immediately through July 1, 2015. This session has limited space so please register quickly. During the webinar “WIOA Technical Assistance Webinar- Jump-Starting Your Implementation,” speakers will highlight areas where states ... Read More »