Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Posts tagged access

Jan 30
“Teachers and students count on having relatively broad access to online academic content, but a recent federal court ruling has raised questions about whether the education community could lose some of its ability to tap into the vast library of Internet resources.” U.S. Court Ruling Raises K-12 Concerns About Internet Access

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Jun 20
“The most disturbing part of this debate is that the Obama administration does not seem to know which side it should be on.” Kevin L. Smith on the Books for Blind Treaty in his article, By the time you read this, some people may have an easier time reading.

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“Librarians’ values are as sound as Girl Scouts’: truth, free speech, and universal literacy. And, like Scouts, they possess a quality that I think makes librarians invaluable and indispensable: they want to help. They want to help us. They want to be of service. And they’re not trying to sell us anything.” Marilyn Johnson - This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (via marissathelibrarian)

The Next Digital Divide: Productive Access

As we continue to grapple with concepts like digital literacy, digital divide and their evolution into more profound empowerment definitions that enable our citizens to fully engage in a digital world there are facts that cannot be ignored. According to a study “Opportunity for All: How American Public Benefits from Internet Access at US Libraries.”

  • An estimated 149 million American’s visited public libraries in 2010.
  • Nearly half of these visitors made use of library computers and wireless networks to access the Internet.
  • Library visits are highest among the working poor.
  • Thirty million people used library computers and internet access for employment or career purposes last year.
  • Sixty-eight percent of those users searched for a job and submitted an application online.
  • Forty-six percent of those who visited a library last year did so to work on their resumes.

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