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Jul 30

Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion Surveyreleased last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level (pdf or png). 

Libraries can log on at digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014.

Read more on our blog.


Jul 29
ebookfriendly:

When in doubt, visit your #library and talk to the #librarian http://ebks.to/1kaxi70

ebookfriendly:

When in doubt, visit your #library and talk to the #librarian http://ebks.to/1kaxi70

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Jul 22
“Today America, libraries and the people who come to us for assistance have cause for renewed optimism. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recognizes that libraries are often the first places Americans seek when they need job training or job search assistance. We’re proud of what libraries have accomplished with meager resources over the last several years. Now, with the support of this legislation, we look forward to a brighter future for the American workforce libraries have served for more than a century.”

ALA President, Courtney Young on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Watch the 12pm (Eastern) signing ceremony live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live


Jul 17

Jul 15
living-stories-living-libraries:

"This person is the reason I got this job."- A patron who ran into her Library’s Career Counselor while at work. She proceeded to introduce the librarian to her manager, and praised her patient approach and support in helping her find a job.

Stories live in libraries, but how to share them?

living-stories-living-libraries:

"This person is the reason I got this job."

- A patron who ran into her Library’s Career Counselor while at work. She proceeded to introduce the librarian to her manager, and praised her patient approach and support in helping her find a job.

Stories live in libraries, but how to share them?



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Do you like libraries? Enough to call your elected rep.?

Please contact your United States Representative TODAY at 202-224-3121 and urge her/him to support the passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Senate recently passed this bill with a bipartisan vote of 95-3. Your help is crucial to ensure that the House does the same thing.

H.R. 803 would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and has the following provisions supporting public libraries:

Title I – Workforce Development Activities

  • Allows public libraries to be considered additional One-Stop partners. Meaning that Libraries will now have access to federal funding for job training and job search programs.
  • Functions of the State and Local Workforce Development Board. State and Local Workforce Boards must include plans to improve digital literacy skills at One-Stop delivery systems.
  • Prohibits federal supervision or control over selection of library resources.
  • Allowable Statewide Employment and Training Activities. Authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity.

Title II – Adult Education and Literacy

  • Definition of Workforce Preparation Activities. Includes a definition of “workforce preparation activities” that specifically includes digital literacy skills.

H.R. 803 could be a huge victory for libraries and your call could get this legislation to the President’s desk. Your participation can make all the difference. Please call today!


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