August 21, 2014

ALA Highlights Benefits of Federal Broadband Funding, Argues that E-Rate Must Be Enhanced to Sustain Progress

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).

Powerful Partnerships: Shared Buildings | Library by Design

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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.

Powerful Partnerships: Mixed-Use Development | Library by Design

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A branch library in Portland, OR, is considered to be part of the first public-private housing partnership. Since it opened, other libraries nationwide have entered into similar arrangements, with lessons learned for ­libraries.

After Funding Veto, Florida’s Library Cooperatives Stretched Thin

Florida's five library cooperatives, via NEFLIN

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.

No Increase in GPO 2013 Budget Proposal

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is requesting no increase in FY 2013 appropriations from the level of funding the agency is receiving for FY 2012, due to savings from its cost-cutting activities.

Arts vs. Libraries in San Diego Budget

In Los Angeles, it came down to libraries versus the police and fire departments. Now, in San Diego, it seems the library and arts organizations are the ones going head-to-head.