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Category: Digital Divide

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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House Education and Workforce Committee releases Danielle Milam’s statement to Congress

Public libraries today embody the spirit of American entrepreneurial innovation, self-discovery and self-improvement. In our Library District’s service area of 1.5 million people, over 656,000 residents are active library users. Last year people checked out 12.6 million items. We hosted 6.5 million visits and 1.4 million computer sessions, making us…

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Libraries vital in FCC’s efforts to build out broadband to native nations

The American Library Association (ALA) submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday in response to its call for comments regarding improving communications services for native nations. The filing was submitted in consultation with the American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of ALA that serves native communities from…

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ALA collaborates with NTIA to launch, enhance DigitalLiteracy.gov

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, today launched DigitalLiteracy.gov, a gateway to class materials, research, online learning tools and more. Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share…

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