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What’s next for libraries? E-Rate, bandwidth, benchmarks and capacity goals

At the forefront of our minds right now are the many questions posed in the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and how they may affect libraries. This notice, with over 600 questions, is the most comprehensive review of the program since it began in 1997. ALA and the library…

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E-rate: 900 questions and several late nights later

Yes, it’s true. With this post, we now have a verifiable E-rate streak established in our District Dispatches (here and here, if you’d like to play along). The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is the most significant one for E-rate since the program’s inception. It involves…

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2013: The Summer of E-rate

E-rate, always someplace on the ALA policy agenda, is now way up at the top, thanks to the ConnectED initiative announced by President Obama last month. A few weeks ago, Linda Lord, the state librarian of Maine, testified about E-rate at the Senate Commerce Committee. On Tuesday, July 23rd, the…

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Maine State Librarian touts E-rate successes at Congressional hearing

Today, Maine State Librarian Linda Lord called for a “proactive vision for meeting the educational and learning needs of our communities for the next 15 years and beyond” at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing (video). Representing our nation’s 16,400 public libraries, Lord touted the success…

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Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference

Publishers Weekly columnist Peter Brantley and ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG) Co-chair Robert Wolven will discuss “New Directions for Libraries and Digital Content” Wednesday, July 24, at 10:45 a.m. (CDT) as part of the ALA Virtual Conference. The session builds on and continues the standing-room-only program at…

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