Tag Archives: ORS

Join March 6 free webinar on mapping inclusion: Public library technology and community needs

Computer classes at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Ct.

As economic, education, health and other disparities grow, equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success. And yet, communities and individuals find themselves at differing levels of readiness in their ability to access and use the Internet, engage a range of digital technologies and get and create digital content. The Digital Inclusion Survey examines the ... 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 »

Digital Inclusion Survey deadline extended to Nov. 22

When the ALA filed its comments with the Federal Communications Commission advocating for libraries in the E-rate program, broadband data from past ALA and University of Maryland Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) research was a centerpiece. Thanks to these studies, ALA is able to clearly show that the average library broadband is roughly on par with the average U.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 »