Public Libraries

DOL extols benefits of workforce system collaboration with public libraries

US Department of Labor

In a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) issued this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Assistant Secretary Portia Wu encouraged leaders of our nation’s workforce investment system to continue building upon the role that public libraries play in addressing the needs of American workers, job seekers, and employers. The notice, directed to state ... Read More »

2016 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service announced

10 Winners of the 2016 National Medal for Library and Museum Service Announced

On April 19, 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Now in its 22nd year, the National Medal celebrates libraries and museums that “respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a ... Read More »

Reflections on a South-by experience

Photo by Lisa Wadors Verne

Highbrow meets hijinks If you haven’t been yet, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the all-the-rage conference in Austin that can only be described as highbrow meets hijinks. For every insightful point made at the convention center, there’s at least one beer swilled on Sixth Street. For every transformative technology shown on the expo floor, there’s at least one brisket sandwich ... Read More »

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

Expanding broadband access to all Americans is the goal of the #ConnectALL initiative.

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the #ConnectALL initiative and a goal to connect 20 million more people to broadband by 2020. That’s right — 20 million! According to the Pew Research Center, only about 67 percent of Americans have home broadband access, or roughly 80 percent when factoring in access via smartphones. Cost is the major reason most people ... Read More »

Libraries recognized at House Energy and Commerce hearing on 3D printing

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Jonathon Colman via Flickr

Rep. Cardenas credits libraries as leaders of the maker movement On Friday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing exploring the implications of the rapid takeoff of 3D printing in this country and beyond. Witnesses included Alan Amling of UPS, Edward Herderick of General Electric, Ed Morris of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation ... Read More »