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 every aspect of the program, asking over 900 questions–ranging from ... Read More »

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 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ... Read More »

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 of the E-Rate program in helping connect nearly 100 percent ... Read More »

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 the ALA Annual Conference, “ALA, Ebooks and Digital Content: What’s ... Read More »