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Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and workforce programs, study finds

According to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities…

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NTCA-sponsored event highlights broadband challenges, opportunities facing rural education community

Yesterday, NTCA (the rural broadband association) hosted a discussion on broadband in rural schools and libraries. Suzanne Thompson of Discovery Education set the tone for the event when she said in her opening remarks, “Broadband has become the brains of the community.” Jason Daniels, a 4th grade teacher in Alaska’s highly…

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Libraries put BTOP funds to work, strengthening communities nationwide

Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling stated that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had awarded more than $50 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding to develop or expand public computer centers in libraries. Yesterday the ALA released a report (scribd or PDF)…

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American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

May 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program. The report is the first to highlight state and local library BTOP projects…

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