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Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA
Revelations about NSA surveillance have created a “climate of concern” for libraries, which are seeking to defend the freedom to read and research away from the government’s prying eyes.
“You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file,” said Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association (ALA).
“We don’t want [library patrons] being surveilled because that will inhibit learning, and reading, and creativity,” Inouye said.
Read more on thehill.com
Free Webinar: Providing Financial Education to Library Patrons
On December 4th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute for Museum and Library Services will offer a free webinar on financial literacy.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are developing financial education tools and sharing best practices with the public library field. The partnership between the two agencies was created to provide tools and materials to help libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals in their communities, build local partnerships and promote libraries as community resources.
Join both groups on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working to raise the profile of libraries in every community.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Join the webinar (No need to RSVP)
Learn more about this webinar on our blog.
Today’s libraries clearly reflect this digital shift. Many now have banks of computers, more meeting space and a greater emphasis on quick access to information. And somewhere along the way they have also become more inviting places to hang out.
Many individuals lack the training to make use of Internet tools. Others don’t own the necessary computer hardware, and some just don’t think the Internet is relevant to their lives.
Libraries can be the critical link to helping people overcome these challenges. They provide free high-speed Internet access, a computer to anyone who wishes to use one and hands-on assistance to teach people how they can benefit from new digital tools. Fund libraries to close Chicago’s digital divide