Special Reports

Innovative services at public libraries highlighted in new ALA issues brief

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform lives by providing critical services and innovative solutions to information access in spite of years’ worth of consecutive and cumulative budget cuts. More Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for access to essential technology services not found elsewhere in their communities, including free computer and Internet access, technology training and assistance with job-seeking and e-government services.

U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide.

2010-11 American Library Association Annual Report underscores successes, concerns for libraries

CHICAGO —The recently released 2010-11 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Roberta Stevens, including “Frontline Fundraising,” “Our Authors, Our Advocates” and the “Why I Need My Library” video contest.  The report also underscores how libraries are providing essential resources for job-seekers, support for critical e-government services and programs to promote financial literacy.

ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative moves forward with roadmap from national summits

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits (PDF 4971 KB),” which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The white paper is freely available from the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries website.

New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content

Washington, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today released a new report examining critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In the report, titled “E-content: The Digital Dialogue,” authors explore an unprecedented and splintered landscape in which several major publishers refuse to sell e-books to libraries; proprietary platforms fragment our cultural record; and reader privacy is endangered.

AASL joins CoSN in release of report on mobile technologies and social media

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and social media in schools. The report, “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media,” was produced by CoSN and the FrameWorks Institute. 

The report includes several key observations:

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