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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 24
Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!

Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!


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


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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?



Jul 11
“The services today’s libraries provide are not “nice to have.” They are critical for communities nationwide.” Emily Sheketoff, “What libraries need from key U.S. technology program


Jul 9

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