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ALA Study Reports on Ubiquitous Net Access Via Public Libraries

From the American Library Assocation (ALA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: U.S. Public Libraries Providing Unprecedented Access to Computers, the Internet, and Technology Training:

  • “Nearly every U.S. public library offers free access to computers and the Internet, but overall libraries are challenged to provide enough workstations to meet demand, pay for ongoing Internet connectivity costs, and plan for necessary upgrades to the technology, according to a report released today at the opening of the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The report was conducted by the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University (FSU) and commissioned by the ALA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
  • “Public Libraries and Internet 2004” Fact Sheet (2 pages, PDF)
  • Public Libraries and the Internet 2004: Survey Results and Findings (115 pages, PDF), By John C. Bertot, Charles R. McClure, & Paul T. Jaeger. (May 2005). The report may also be viewed in sections using this link.
  • John C. Bertot and Charles R. McClure will speak at the American Libray Association (ALA) annual conference on June 25. Their PowerPoint presentation is available here.
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