Contact: Larra Clark
ORS Project Manager
(312) 280-2129
lclark@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2008

 

Conference program discusses technology access in public libraries

CHICAGO – What are the most challenging issues public library staff face in funding and meeting the technology needs of their communities? How are these issues the same or different for rural libraries versus their suburban and urban counterparts? How can regional library cooperatives help? How can libraries improve their bandwidth?
National researchers and librarians on the front lines will come together to discuss these issues and other trends and strategies for addressing barriers to providing high-quality public access computing from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
As part of the “State of Technology Access and Funding in U.S. Public Libraries” program, speakers will share findings from national studies assessing Internet connectivity, Internet access and the impact of funding changes on the sustainability of computer services in public libraries. A question-and-answer session with audience participation will follow brief presentations.
Presenters include:

  • Denise M. Davis, director, ALA Office for Research & Statistics; project director, Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study
  • John Carlo Bertot, professor and associate director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University; co-author, Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study
  • Carrie Lowe, director, Program on Networks, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Linda Crowe, director, Peninsula Library System
  • Nancy Ashmore, director, Prairie du Chien Public Library

Crowe and Ashmore also are members of the advisory committee for the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, and Crowe is a member of the Office for Information Technology Policy advisory committee.
For more information on ALA Office for Research & Statistics studies, please visit www.ala.org/ors and www.ala.org/plinternetfunding. For more information on ALA Office for Information Technology Policy iniatives, please go to www.ala.org/oitp.