Tag Archives: ConnectED

Up Next? E-rate and it’s worth the wait

We’re not sure how you best characterize waiting with your finger poised over the refresh key anticipating the release of an FCC Public Notice. But, nonetheless, we at ALA were not the only ones who impatiently awaited the latest installment of the E-rate modernization proceeding that began last June (if not before with the 2010 National Broadband Plan) with the ... Read More »

School librarians supported in ConnectEDucators program

A new program written into President Obama’s 2015 budget request includes professional development funding for school librarians, teachers and leaders who provide high-speed internet access to students. The Obama Administration requested that $200 million dollars be allocated to ConnectEDucators, a new initiative that will ensure that school professionals are well-prepared to use high-speed internet resources in a way that improves ... Read More »

Mr. President: Where Have Libraries Gone?

It was my pleasure to be in the audience today for President Barack Obama’s speech about the ConnectED initiative at Buck Lodge Middle School In Maryland. I found myself thinking back to a speech I attended by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2005, where he credited libraries with helping him land his first job as a community organizer. “More than a ... Read More »

A lull in the E-rate action?

If there is such a thing, this may be a quiet period for the ongoing E-rate proceeding that officially started in July with the FCC’s release of the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now that the official comment periods are over. The path getting from point A (the NPRM release) to point B (an FCC order), is a long one. ... Read More »

The Digital Inclusion Survey: A new way to define your library

Is your library meeting the digital needs of your community? This is a complicated question, and one you need an answer to when reaching out to community stakeholders. This is also a timely question as it feeds into a hot topic at the local, state, and national level: the critical need for digitally inclusive communities. The easiest way to answer ... Read More »