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Library Advocates

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Mar 21

FCC Workshop Highlights Need for Higher Capacity Broadband in Rural Libraries

A farmer in Georgia uses precision agricultural technologies to track and manage his water usage. A veteran in Florida uses specialized video conferencing equipment to consult with his physician remotely, saving him hours in transit to the nearest VA facility. A woman without internet access in Maine uses her public library’s computers to complete her online MBA. What is the common technology enabling each of these scenarios?  

High-capacity broadband.



Mar 19

Mar 18
“Nutter was emphatic about the importance of libraries to Philly, saying of the cuts, “It is the absolute worst decision that I’ve made in the time I’ve been in public office. I have a very deep and personal appreciation for library services. I know what the library did for me, as a kid.” Since 2009, the FLP has taken the opportunity to slowly reinstate operating hours, with three branches restored to six-day service in 2012, and ten more in 2013.” Proposed 2015 budget would restore Philadelphia library service 

Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from liability for the infringing actions of network users. Libraries can be considered providers of network services when they provide wi-fi or other network services. Certain conditions, of course, must apply for the library to get this protection.

Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from liability for the infringing actions of network users. Libraries can be considered providers of network services when they provide wi-fi or other network services. Certain conditions, of course, must apply for the library to get this protection.


Mar 14

Mar 12

Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”

Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”