Tag Archives: Marijke Visser

Celebrating the National Student Poets Program

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner to honor the National Student Poets. Each year, the National Student Poets Program recognizes five extraordinary high school students, who receive college scholarships and opportunities to present their work at writing and poetry events across the country–which includes events at libraries. To qualify for the National Student Poets Program, one ... 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 »

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 rural Kenai Peninsula, illustrated the truth of this powerful proposition ... Read More »

ALA urges swift action on E-rate reforms

Today, the American Library Association filed reply comments (pdf) with the Federal Communications Commission to swiftly reform the federal E-rate program so that our nation’s learners are connected to high-capacity broadband through libraries and schools (read the full ALA statement). “High-capacity broadband drives innovation and underpins modern library services in public and school libraries,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “As ... Read More »

Don’t Miss: Learn How to Maintain Teen E-Collections

Would you like to build a robust teen collection for your library? In “Maintaining Teen E-Collections,” a new Annual ALA program sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, participants will have the opportunity to talk to experts about building strong teen e-collections. The interactive session will take place Monday, July 1, 2013, from 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., in the McCormick Place Convention ... Read More »