Tag Archives: ICMA

“Outside the Lines” at ICMA

This week, many libraries are inviting their communities to reconnect as part of a national effort called Outside the Lines (September 14-20). Since my personal experience of new acquaintances often includes an exclamation of “I didn’t know libraries did that,” and this experience is buttressed by Pew Internet Project research that finds that only about 23 percent of people who ... Read More »

Libraries, E-rate, and ALA featured at TPRC

Last Friday, the American Library Association (ALA) made its first appearance (and through a whole panel no less) at the Telecommunications Policy and Research Conference (TPRC), the most prestigious conference in information policy. The telecommunications policy topic, not surprisingly, that has dominated our time for over the past year: E-rate. The panel “900 Questions: A Case Study of Multistakeholder Policy ... Read More »

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 with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s ... Read More »

OITP Supports New Study: Public Libraries as Providers of Digitally Inclusive Services and Resources

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is very happy to spread the word that ALA will again partner with the University of Maryland Information Policy & Access Center on a national study of the roles libraries play in supporting digital inclusion. ALA Office for Research & Statistics (ORS) Director Kathy Rosa will serve as project director, John Carlo ... Read More »