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What’s working to connect all Americans to the digital world?

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Libraries are working with government agencies and nonprofits to connect people to the digital world. From the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s ConnectHome effort to the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program to citywide digital inclusion initiatives, libraries are playing leadership roles in connecting low-income Americans online. Policy and library leaders will discuss public policy options and share exemplars ... Read More »

Narrowing the Justice Gap

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While criminal justice issues have been increasingly in the public eye, lack of access to civil legal information and resources is a less well-known challenge that results in people appearing in court without lawyers in critical life matters such as eviction, foreclosures, child custody and child support proceedings, and debt collection cases. According to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), more ... Read More »

Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

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WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific) We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

Panel to discuss ebook lending growth at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

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A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The interactive session, “Making Progress in Digital Content,” takes place from 10:30 to11:30a.m. on Sunday, June 28, ... Read More »