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High-capacity Broadband and E-rate: Libraries as Community Leverage | Benton Foundation

High-capacity Broadband and E-rate: Libraries as Community Leverage | Benton Foundation | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
High-capacity Broadband and E-rate: Libraries as Community Leverage Broadband, especially of the high-capacity variety, once mostly the province of network engineers and large organizations, is now everyone’s concern.
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Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
They're the latest addition to so-called "maker spaces" showing up in a number of libraries. But as libraries work to redefine their purpose in the digital age, it also raises questions about misuse.
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New ALA Digital Inclusion Study Shows 98% of U.S. Libraries Offer Free Wi-Fi, 90% Offer Ebooks, 17% Offer Makerspaces | Gary Price | Library Journal

New ALA Digital Inclusion Study Shows 98% of U.S. Libraries Offer Free Wi-Fi, 90% Offer Ebooks, 17% Offer Makerspaces | Gary Price | Library Journal | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA).

 

Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

Until the Digital Inclusion Survey, no national study has shown in such detail the extent to which libraries complete education, jumpstart employment and entrepreneurship, and foster individual empowerment and engagement, or the E’s of Libraries™,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “The study also begins to map new programs and technology resources that range from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) maker programming to 3D printing to hackathons.”

Among the study findings:

 

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Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library to hold Imagination Library "Hats Off to Reading" with First Lady Crissy Haslam

Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library to hold Imagination Library "Hats Off to Reading" with First Lady Crissy Haslam | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Clarksville, TN - Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam will be among the celebrity readers at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Thursday, June 25th for a child-centered event to high...
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Life without libraries would be unimaginably poorer - The Boston Globe

Life without libraries would be unimaginably poorer - The Boston Globe | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Clicking links can’t replace the tactile engagement of wandering the stacks, pulling a book from the shelf, reading the dust jacket, flipping through its pages.
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America needs to give libraries the money they need

America needs to give libraries the money they need | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
It’s time to give libraries the money they need. To show our new Americans that Shakespeare belongs to them, too.
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Englewood Library's Summer Reading Program begins June 8

Englewood Library's Summer Reading Program begins June 8 | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Englewood Public Library is participating in the Tennessee Summer Reading Program, with activities scheduled for June 8 to July 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
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Nashville Public Library is 'Where the Wild Things Are'

Nashville Public Library is 'Where the Wild Things Are' | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Nashville Public Library offers rare retrospective of artwork by renowned children's author Maurice Sendak, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Where the Wild Things Are."
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Guest Column: Fine things can be found at the library

Guest Column: Fine things can be found at the library | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
I have just had the most humbling reading experience of my life. We're talking, I should point out, about a man who never goes into a grocery checkout line without a newspaper. For the pharmacy line a slim volume of essays is appropriate, for the La Cañada post office Shakespeare's complete works. Last-minute cramming with a physics textbook in one hand while riding a bicycle to school was routine.
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Bill Clinton promised hope for this Tennessee town. It’s still waiting.

Bill Clinton promised hope for this Tennessee town. It’s still waiting. | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

"... “The majority of people will tell you those were some of the best years they had,” said Athalia Taylor, the town librarian, who worked six years at the plant before it closed, then went into nursing and eventually earned a college degree..."

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City, county to split library funding

City, county to split library funding | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
The city was unable to pay the full amount owed to the library the past two years.
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Auburn's Rural Studio students reveal Newbern Library

Auburn's Rural Studio students reveal Newbern Library | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
975 days. 8,200 bricks removed by hand. 362 sheets of plywood. 4,942 drilled in a ceiling. $63,000-worth of donated materials. More than 7,000 books donated. "They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a really big...
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Haunts of Chattanooga's Rich and Famous To Be Presented April 6 - Chattanoogan.com

Haunts of Chattanooga's Rich and Famous To Be Presented April 6 - Chattanoogan.com | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

"The Chattanooga Area Historical Association and the Local History and Genealogy Department of The Public Library invite you to "Haunts of Chattanooga's Rich and Famous," a program presented by John Shearer..."

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A love affair with a library

A love affair with a library | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Almost my entire last year of grad school at Marquette University, I kept on walking right past the Central Library. One day, I finally went in.
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American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report | District Dispatch

American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report | District Dispatch | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

 

The report is the first to highlight state and local library BTOP projects nationwide and the improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy, and workforce development. Library projects in 29 states and the District of Columbia are featured in the report. ALA estimates about 20 percent of U.S. public libraries have benefited from BTOP funding.

 

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded just over $4 billion to 233 BTOP projects. The NTIA established BTOP to increase broadband access and adoption nationwide, and U.S. state and public libraries have been critical partners in this effort.

 

“Libraries have served as first responders in these tough economic times,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan. “Millions of Americans have turned to us to gain new technology skills and access to specialized resources. BTOP has helped to enable expanded services and to develop the improved infrastructure to meet these community needs.”

 

Highlights from the report:

 

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Libraries Dust Off Quiet Image With Innovations | Stav Ziv | Newsweek.com

Libraries Dust Off Quiet Image With Innovations | Stav Ziv | Newsweek.com | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

These aren’t your grandmother’s libraries. Well, they are, but they’re tackling projects that would have been inconceivable two or three decades ago.

On Friday, the Knight Foundation announced the winners of its latest Knight News Challenge, which asked: “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?”

The foundation's fundamental goal is to ask, "How can we make sure Americans have access to the news and information so they can be active participants in our democracy,” says John Bracken, vice president for media innovation. “Libraries are really key in improving Americans’ ability to know what’s going on around them.”

Over the past several years, Knight has posed a dozen such questions as calls for proposals, focusing on open government, health data or other areas. “One of the ways we use this contest is to better understand trends,” explains Bracken. The previous round in 2014 had asked, “How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?” When three of those winners were libraries, it helped inform the next challenge.

The foundation announced eight winners Friday at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. They’ll receive grant amounts of between $130,000 and $600,000 each. Another set of 14 winners will get smaller grants from Knight’s Prototype Fund to test earlier-stage ideas.

“It looks more like a design firm than what the stereotypical approach in libraries is,” Bracken said on Thursday, peering at a room where the winners were participating in a design thinking workshop.

 

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Baker to be featured guest at annual meeting

Baker to be featured guest at annual meeting | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Cheryl Jackson Baker, author of "Affectionately Yours -  The Civil War Letters of William R. Jackson and His Wife Julia," will be the featured guest at the annual meeting of the Blount County Friends of the Library. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick St. in Maryville.
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Evan Chesler: The public library rescued me

Evan Chesler: The public library rescued me | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
I grew up a latchkey kid in a working-class neighborhood in The Bronx.
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MV103: Utica Public Library a hub for education, relaxation

MV103: Utica Public Library a hub for education, relaxation | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
I love to read. It should be no surprise that I love to visit libraries. First, they're like Netflix without a paid subscription – where else can
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Events : UNMASK! TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Jackson Sun

Events : UNMASK! TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Jackson Sun | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it

"Big program Tuesdays. Earn grand prize entries each week for reading a book checked out from the library and attending events..."

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Barbershops Get Stocked With Books for Boys, Thanks to Ala. Attorney

Barbershops Get Stocked With Books for Boys, Thanks to Ala. Attorney | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
The Books for Boys project seeks to promote literacy and self-esteem.
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The Internet can’t replace libraries: Why they matter more than ever in the age of Google

The Internet can’t replace libraries: Why they matter more than ever in the age of Google | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Federal funding for libraries is down nearly 40 percent since 2000. Our democracy may never wholly recover
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Manatee County's Central Library, an improved community asset with major renovations

Manatee County's Central Library, an improved community asset with major renovations | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Libraries are one of the cornerstones of our civic and cultural fabric. Manatee County is blessed with a strong, progressive library system that embraces all technologies as well as all interests.
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Democratic Women honor George Harding

Democratic Women honor George Harding | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
The Wilson County Democratic Women recently presented a book to the Lebanon Library in memory of the late George Harding’s community service and Democratic Party activism. This is a community project
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Public libraries undergo major software change

Public libraries undergo major software change | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
Ten area libraries, including the Johnson City and Washington County-Jonesborough public libraries, are changing to a new automation system on May 14.
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Free job search class at Blount library builds confidence

Free job search class at Blount library builds confidence | Libraries in Demand | Scoop.it
“Gains: Employment through Technology Training in Blount County,” is designed for those in Blount County who are either unemployed or underemployed and lack the computer skills necessary for better employment.
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