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Category: Digital Divide

Public libraries, employment & digital inclusion

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** For more than five years, the Public Libraries and the Internet survey has explored how libraries leverage their technology resources and services to enable employment opportunity for community members. The research consistently shows libraries go beyond bridging the…

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Connecting all Americans to broadband

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today‚Äôs society, not all Americans…

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New blog series to explore library digital inclusion roles

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland are pleased to launch a new Digital Inclusion blog series. Based largely on the Digital Inclusion Survey (digitalinclusion.umd.edu)…

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ALA urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act

ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community. ALA President Sari Feldman issued…

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Six takeaways from new broadband report

On Monday the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) released its report and recommendations on actions the federal government can take to improve broadband networks and bring broadband to more Americans. Twenty-five agencies, departments and offices took part in the Council, which also took public comments from groups like the ALA.…

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