American Library Association Acts for Equal Access

The American Library Association has been active in promoting digital literacy and broadband technology to equalize access to information for all Americans. The South Carolina Library Association's (SCLA) listserv shared the message below on Feb. 12th: Recently ALA released the first national report detailing U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The preliminary report highlights statewide library BTOP projects and improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy and workforce development. BTOP was established to increase broadband access and adoption nationwide, and U.S. state and public libraries have been critical partners in this effort. View the full report here: http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ALA_BTOP_Repo.... At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski joined more than 10,000 librarians and library advocates to release a video message thanking them for their role in supporting digital literacy. The ALA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services worked with Chairman Genachowski and FCC staff members to support broadband adoption–with a focus on digital literacy training through our nation’s 16,400 public library locations. Watch the video now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vBNp0AdWgE&feature=youtu.be. Public libraries, the only cradle to grave educational institutions, are vitally concerned that all citizens and residents of the United States have equal access to the information they need to be productive and informed members of the body politic and to help them make good decisions for themselves and their families.