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Tag: Larra Clark

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely…

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Midwinter field trip to Cobb County libraries

After four days of productive committee meetings and sessions at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the opportunity to see real libraries in action was a welcome change of scenery. Monday afternoon Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) staff (plus me) were given a tour of several libraries in the Cobb…

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Learn and network at ALA’s National Policy Convening

Come join us for ALA’s first-ever National Policy Convening in Washington, D.C. on April 12-13. Given that a new Administration and Congress will be coming to town, it is timely to discuss and debate information policy and the public interest: How can we advance creative and innovative learning for our…

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Spectrum, Wi-Fi and LTE-U: Where goes the neighborhood?

Modern libraries are dynamic community keystones. People of all ages traverse their stacks, computer labs, makerspaces and common areas throughout the course of a day—creating, working and learning. Many elements combine to make them such valuable assets, but one in particular serves as lifeblood in the digital age: broadband internet…

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Start-ups, start your engines

Yesterday marked the 12th annual Start-Up Day Across America – a “holiday” dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local entrepreneurship. Organized under the auspices of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National Start-Up Day represents an opportunity for owners of local businesses to meet directly with their…

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