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ALA Urges Public Libraries to Fill Out Internet Use Survey

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on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey.The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries, such as providing public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org, will be available through Nov. 11, 2011."The record-high response rate for last year’s survey clearly demonstrates that library leaders recognize the impact this study provides for their advocacy efforts,” said ALA Associate Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. “The strength of the study rests on the level of participation. We encourage libraries to keep the momentum going to create the most current and complete snapshot of technology in U.S. public libraries.”Recent study findings have been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including USA Today,...

Public libraries, please fill out ALA survey on Internet services and funding by Nov. 14

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on Monday, November 08, 2010 in American Library Association (ALA)
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Please make sure your library completes the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey, which provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information regarding computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries. Libraries are encouraged to log on now at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org.This critical survey and study are coordinated by the American Library Association and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, study findings have:been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including Newsweek, Governing Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and NPR;informed the National Broadband Plan and successful library grant applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program;been used in presentations to the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and the National Association of Counties Association; andbeen used in Congressional and state-level testimony, as well as in comments to federal agencies.In addition to national data, the research team is able...