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ALA conference panel explores resources for digital inclusion

Computer wires

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “Half of American families that earn less than $25,000 annually are not connected to the internet,” said Larra Clark, ... Read More »

What’s working to connect all Americans to the digital world?

Woman and young girl in kitchen with laptop and paperwork smiling

Libraries are working with government agencies and nonprofits to connect people to the digital world. From the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s ConnectHome effort to the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program to citywide digital inclusion initiatives, libraries are playing leadership roles in connecting low-income Americans online. Policy and library leaders will discuss public policy options and share exemplars ... Read More »

Upping people’s digital IQ

OITP's Larra Clark participates in roundtable, "What's Your Digital IQ?"

It was my pleasure last week to join the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), Nielsen and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) in a roundtable discussion on the importance of digital empowerment. “What’s Your Digital IQ?” was opened by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talking about the importance of the $1 ... Read More »

ALA briefs congress on critical impact of rural broadband access

Broadband tower seen over a field

Launched in February of this year, the bipartisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus was founded “to facilitate discussion, educate Members of Congress and develop policy solutions to close the digital divide in rural America.”At its most recent meeting, Marijke Visser of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and co-panelists from the public and private sectors briefed the Caucus, congressional ... Read More »

E-rate does not suffer fools

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today, ALA submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the 2016 E-rate application window.  This year’s application process has proven challenging, in large part due to the new online filing system, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). While the online system has a number of benefits to the applicant, the roll-out of this entirely new system has ... Read More »