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Category: Digital Divide

Honoring Library Champions

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the White House’s “Champions of Change” ceremony, an event where twelve libraries and museums were honored for making lasting differences in their neighborhoods and communities. The event awarded institutions that were providing innovative learning experiences for families and offering services for hard-to-reach populations.…

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Are You Ready for DigitalLearn?

In just a few weeks, DigitalLearn.org–a new online hub for digital literacy support and training–will launch at the 2013 Annual American Library Association Conference (the launch will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the Convention Center Room N139, from 10:30—11:30a.m.). Have you preregistered for the online resource? According…

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Libraries put BTOP funds to work, strengthening communities nationwide

Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling stated that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had awarded more than $50 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding to develop or expand public computer centers in libraries. Yesterday the ALA released a report (scribd or PDF)…

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American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

May 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program. The report is the first to highlight state and local library BTOP projects…

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A Weekend in Texas: Public Computer Centers and More

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in the Digital Inclusion in Texas Conference and Colloquium held at the University of Texas at Austin. The event was a thought-provoking synthesis of practice, research, and public policy centered around projects funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP),…

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