- September 2018: Equitable Opportunity for Tribal Communities through Libraries
Broadband is essential for learning, working, and daily life overall. Correcting poor broadband across Indian Country is a national imperative.
- January 2018: Libraries and E-rate: Leveraging Broadband to Provide Opportunity Across the Nation
Broadband is essential infrastructure for libraries. Whether advancing education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment, or engagement, the work of libraries demands robust and reasonably-priced internet connectivity.
- April 2017: Careers for America’s Youth in the Digital Age
The nation’s 120,000 libraries represent a cost-effective method for developing opportunities for youth to code, thus driving job growth and innovation across a range of economic sectors in the digital age.
- March 2017: Libraries Help and Honor Our Veterans: Employment, Education and Community Connection
As service members become Veterans, they and their families have many needs, and America’s libraries are well-positioned to address them.
- January 2017: From Baby's First Words: Libraries Promote Early Learning
Libraries are trusted leaders in boosting early learning and strengthening K–12 school learning.
- January 2017: Digital Empowerment and America's Libraries
America’s libraries are essential to addressing the vision of universal broadband adoption and digital literacy.
- December 2016: The Manufacturing Sector & The Knowledge Economy: Expanding Opportunity through Libraries
Libraries are established centers for learning and advancement and enable broad economic opportunity.
- November 2016: One Small Business at a Time: Building Entrepreneurial Opportunity in America’s Communities
Libraries are a cost-effective, turnkey national network of resources for implementing new initiatives advancing entrepreneurship.
Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children's Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later
Policy Brief - Released June 2014
Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to this report, jointly released by the American Library Association's Washington Office and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). CIPA requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software to receive certain federal funding. Schools that over-filter restrict students from learning key digital readiness skills that are vital for the rest of their lives. The report makes several recommendations, including advocating that school and library leaders raise awareness of the negative consequences of over-filtering on K-12 education. Additionally, the report suggests that ALA work with educational groups and associations to develop a toolkit of resources that refocuses filtering and access policies.
Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library
Policy Brief - Released June 2011 (en Español)
American libraries will confront formidable challenges during the next few decades of the 21st century. Both the media and technologies they deploy will continue the digital transformation that has already eroded or swept away in years what had lasted for decades or centuries. Nor is the rate of change slowing. The new media and technologies are enabling a steady flow of genre- and usage-changing innovations and institutions drawing on these disruptive changes are competing with the library in its most fundamental roles. Libraries also are challenged by the financial constraints facing the agencies that support them, as well as shifts in the nature and needs of library users. If libraries are to evolve rapidly enough to meet these challenges, they will have to make careful and difficult strategic decisions and persevere in implementing those decisions.
There's an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations
Policy Brief - Released June 2010
This report examines the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users and explores the challenges to reader privacy, issues of access to information in the digital age (including content ownership and licensing), digital rights management, and accessibility. Despite these challenges, libraries are embracing the growing capabilities of mobile technology and providing new, innovative services that extend the way libraries serve their existing patrons.
Checking Out the Future: Perspectives from the Library Community on Information Technology and 21st-Century Libraries
Policy Brief - Released February 2010
This report explores how library professionals are recognizing the need to evolve during the digital revolution and are driving adaptations designed to ensure that libraries remain an integral part of our society's commitment to education, equity, and access to information. Checking Out the Future is based on a literature review conducted in 2008-2009 on the future of libraries, primarily of publications from within the library community.
Fiber to the Library: How Public Libraries Can Benefit
Policy Brief - Released September 2009
This report assists libraries in understanding the benefits of fiber optic technology and to suggest strategies they can consider when exploring how to obtain fiber connectivity.