The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s $4 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) has helped about 20 percent of U.S. libraries make improvements to publicly available technology resources and digital literacy within their communities, according to a report released on Monday by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).
ALA Highlights Benefits of Federal Broadband Funding, Argues that E-Rate Must Be Enhanced to Sustain Progress
Libraries sharing buildings with centers of recreation and learning report that their partners bring exposure to new users. Libraries are also forming partnerships to share buildings with other agencies focused on education, such as colleges and historic societies. In the East Bay Area of California, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center building is shared by the library and the Glenn Seaborg Learning Consortium, a partnership of 12 education, science, and arts institutions.
Florida’s five regional multi-type library cooperatives (MLCs) are looking to raise awareness of how their work impacts services provided by the state’s public libraries, after Republican Governor Rick Scott vetoed Florida’s annual funding renewal for the organizations on April 18. During the fiscal year beginning in October, the cut will affect the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) in Orange Park, the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) in Panama City Beach, the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) in Boca Raton, the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) in Fort Myers, and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) in Tampa.