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ALA Washington Office releases guidance on demonstrating libraries’ economic impact in BTOP applications

The ALA Washington Office today released “A Note on Resources about Jobs and the Economy: Assistance for the Library Community in Their Applications to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)” to assist those applying for BTOP funding.

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides funds for community anchor institutions — such as libraries — to develop new services or to expand current services to assist their communities, each ARRA application must demonstrate that library services make an economic difference in their communities. The purpose of the paper is to help librarians think about how their libraries can demonstrate that library services, including robust broadband, are essential to the important work of economic recovery.

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