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Author: Larra Clark

Larra Clark is the deputy director of both the Public Library Association and Washington Office’s public policy team. Larra received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona and has a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Edge public library benchmarks: Learn and comment at ALA12

Over the past year, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has worked with the Public Library Association (PLA) and a host of other leading organizations that represent libraries and local government to draft a set of public access technology benchmarks as part of the Edge initiative, funded by…

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From the “couldn’t have said it much better” file…

Last week ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) intern Lauren Vilbert and I attended the National Journal Policy Briefing: Technology 2012 and Beyond featuring two panels of telecommunications and technology experts discussing issues ranging from broadband and innovation policy to privacy and data security to spectrum allocation. The policy…

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Two weeks left to submit your nomination for Cutting Edge Technology

We know you’re out there! We know many public, school, college/university libraries, library consortia and coops and state libraries are using cutting edge technology to develop and deliver impactful library services and programs. So, what are you waiting for? The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)…

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Working a framework: benchmarks are a process.

One of the first questions I am asked when talking about this project is: How will it work? How can one set of benchmarks fit our diverse library community? In fact, this is one of the most challenging elements of this complex project — and for any similar national effort — because we know the benchmarks must be relevant to libraries and communities of all types and sizes

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