Saturday, June 2, 2018

Importance of Libraries in the Nation

This report by the American Library Association found that libraries are playing key roles in improving the economic opportunities for people in communities across the country – both urban and rural – through these BTOP investments. This includes supporting national broadband adoption efforts by providing no-fee access to computers and the internet, digital literacy training and relevant digital content. New and expanded partnerships are extending libraries’ reach deeper into communities. As the nation moves toward economic improvement, however, many state and local libraries have yet to experience fiscal health. The extraordinary demands for service continue to outpace available funding needed to respond to these demands. 

American Library Association (2013). U.S. public libraries and the broadband technology opportunities program (BTOP). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

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