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Orland library to consider new Internet policy

“The Orland Park Public Library board is ready to appoint a new trustee and return to the debate about the library’s Internet policy at a special meeting of the Board of Library Trustees Wednesday evening. The library’s controversial Internet policy, which lets adults use library computers to access any legal materials, including pornography, came under fire when two patrons complained in October. Dozens of patrons debated whether Internet access should remain unfiltered at the library’s November board meeting.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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Libraries want better Internet as they eye new tech

“Libraries say they need better Internet services as they provide new technologies to patrons, pointing to a recent announcement from the Obama administration to increase broadband funding for educational institutions. Earlier this week, President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced changes to the agency’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to connect American education institutions to high-speed Internet. On Tuesday, Obama said that tech and telecom companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — are giving $750 million to the program in services and equipment” (via TheHill)

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Downers Grove library considers looser Internet restrictions

“Downers Grove library officials are considering loosening Internet restrictions for children.Staff and trustees discussed adopting a new Internet use policy during its Oct. 23 meeting as part of the librarys strategic plan to improve web access for youngsters.Under the current policy, children under 14 cannot use the Internet on library computers unless their parents have specifically granted them access through their library cards. The policy only applies to library computers. Patrons using their own devices through the buildings Wi-Fi have no such restrictions.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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The Internet Is a Universal Human Right. Just Ask the Homeless

“Pugh is an instructor at the Tenderloin Technology Lab, an outreach organization in San Francisco that aims to help local poor and homeless people bridge the digital divide. The five-year-old operation offers free internet access six days a week as well as basic computer skills classes and workshops on blogging, photo editing, social media, and even entrepreneurship. Pugh and the Tech Lab staff help students deal with everything from everyday websites to Twitter and Facebook to newer internet tools like Etsy, TaskRabbit, Tumblr, and Weebly. The aim is to provide the city’s less fortunate with skills that can make life easier, help them connect with friends online and off, and generally boost their confidence.” (via Wired.com)

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Debate intensifies over Internet providers for schools, libraries

“A new controversy regarding the future of a nonprofit cooperative that provides high-speed Internet services to most public schools and libraries in Wisconsin stems from an old debate about the public and private sectors competing with each other. While a recent state audit showed WiscNet offers Internet services to its public clients at a much lower cost than what is available from the private sector, critics contend that’s only true because the tax-exempt cooperative benefits from public subsidies that give it a competitive edge.”

via Leader-Telegram

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Libraries can’t use stimulus-funded fiber network

“Librarian Sheila Thorne wishes the 10 computers at the Clay County Public Library wouldn’t bog down during busy afternoons, but it’s not like the slow Internet speeds can be blamed on a shortage of new technology. There’s a new $7,800 high-speed fiber connection in the library’s basement — enough capacity to serve dozens of libraries. And there’s a $22,600 Internet router capable of serving hundreds of computers. But the Clay County library isn’t using the technology — paid for by the federal stimulus. It costs too much.”

via The Charleston Gazette

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Pew Research Center Unveils New Initiative on Libraries in Digital Age

ITI – “The Pew Research Center announced plans to study how the role of public libraries is changing in the digital age and how library patrons’ needs and expectations are shifting. The new research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a 3-year, $1.4 million investment and will be conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Through national surveys, a series of focus groups in a diverse mix of communities, and special surveys of library patrons, the Pew Internet Project will examine how library users’ habits and tastes are changing in the age of ebooks, widespread mobile connectivity, and the existence of vast digital collections. The new research will be launched as the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank based in Washington, DC, expands its research on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world.”

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Artists say future of comics is online

San Diego Daily Transcript – Like many industries today, the future for comic book artists is on the Web, according to a Law & Comics panel hosted by the San Diego Law Library Monday. Artists who create and copyright their own work can succeed by cultivating a loyal online fan base, but they shouldn’t necessarily quit their day jobs, the panelists agreed. “The digital world is opening up a whole new vista for cartoonists, comic book artists and the medium, and it’s very exciting,” said Batton Lash, creator of the humor/horror series “Supernatural Law.”

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Google on the Brain: How the Internet Has Changed What We Remember

WSJ – “Not so long ago, if you woke up in the middle of the night, driven crazy by not being able to remember the name of the shortstop on the 1986 Mets, or the title of Kevin Bacon’s first movie or the year Toni Basil’s “Mickey” hit the Billboard charts, you were out of luck until you could call a friend or hit the library. But thanks to Google, IMDB and other search engines and databases, most people can now access that information very quickly — without even getting out of bed, if you keep your smartphone on your night table. (In case your own phone is out of reach: Rafael Santana, “Animal House,” and 1982.)

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Libraries adapt to meet demands of Internet age

Reuters – “Libraries in the Internet age have morphed from somber institutions into social hubs for job seekers, small business owners and local residents looking for advice, help or a free meeting place. The bespectacled librarian has been replaced by a hip, tech-savvy social networker and as books have gone digital, freeing space, cafes have sprung up in libraries, along with rooms for classes, gaming, talks and performances.”

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