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National Small Business Week is upon us

National Small Business Week: May 1-7, 2016.

This first week of May 2016 marks the 53rd annual National Small Business Week. When President Kennedy recognized the first National Small Business Week, the entrepreneurship ecosystem hadn’t yet been animated by digital “making” equipment or the worldwide web, but it was then and is today the beating heart of our national economy. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of ... Read More »

Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created. Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information ... Read More »

Public libraries, employment & digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** For more than five years, the Public Libraries and the Internet survey has explored how libraries leverage their technology resources and services to enable employment opportunity for community members. The research consistently shows libraries go beyond bridging the digital inclusion gap by providing computer and Internet access to ... Read More »

Digital Inclusion Survey documents libraries transforming

Libraries are helping identify health insurance resources for patrons

This week marks the release of one of the most powerful tools ALA and public libraries have to make our case in the digital age—the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey. Not only does it provide the most current and granular data available on library technology and programming resources, but the Information Policy & Access Center team at the University of Maryland ... Read More »

Pew study affirms vital role of libraries

Parents and children gather around Belinda J. Pugh, supervisory librarian for the station library, as she reads one of many books during the Story Time class held in the children’s room of the station library here. Story Time is an hour-long class held in the children’s room every Thursday at 10 a.m. It is open to all children age 5 and younger to help promote reading.

Libraries are transforming amidst the changing information landscape and a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, Libraries at the Crossroads, affirms the evolving role of public libraries within their communities as vital resources that advance education and digital empowerment. “Public libraries are transforming beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and new services ... Read More »