[Libs-Or] IMLS Invites You to a Public Hearing on Libraries and Broadband

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Mon Apr 21 09:32:37 PDT 2014

Greetings and Happy Monday!

This session was recorded and should show up on the IMLS YouTube channel at some point. Keep an eye out for it here: http://www.youtube.com/user/USIMLS

Darci Hanning * Technology Development Consultant * Library Development Services
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR  97301
503-378-2527 darci.hanning at state.or.us<mailto:darci.hanning at state.or.us>

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of MaryKay Dahlgreen
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I realize that this public hearing is very early in the morning for us west coasters and also is on the same day as our OLA conference but I wanted to make sure you were all aware of the opportunity. As you will note, there is an option for public comment. Maybe some of you libraries without high-speed broadband access might want to comment?

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Subject: IMLS Invites You to a Public Hearing on Libraries and Broadband

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April 4, 2014

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), I invite you to a public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact.” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler will make opening remarks, and expert panelists from across the library, technology, and public policy spectrum will explore the issue of high-speed broadband in America’s libraries. The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. The hearing will be live streamed on YouTube<http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=1&d=73&mid=333753&m=2027> and Google+<http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=2&d=73&mid=333753&m=2027>.

IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public. As the FCC embarks on efforts to modernize the e-rate program, IMLS is conducting this hearing to establish a public record on the need for and impact of high-speed broadband connectivity in America’s libraries and to document forward-looking strategies to improve broadband connectivity.

You are also invited to provide comments for the public record. Comments received by Monday, April 24, will be published on the agency’s website. Send comments to comments at imls.gov<mailto:comments at imls.gov>.

IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth will chair the hearing along with members of the National Museum and Library Services Board, including Christie Pearson Brandau, Iowa; Charles Benton, Illinois; Winston Tabb, Maryland; and Carla Hayden, Maryland, who will lead three panels during the hearing:

  *   The Vision: What happens when we get it right? This panel will explore innovative practices and partnerships and new strategies that have the potential to serve individuals and communities well.
  *   The Data: Panelists will explore what we know about broadband connections and services in America’s libraries.
  *   Moving Forward: During this section, we will explore solutions for connectivity in libraries.

In addition to Thomas Wheeler, speakers and panelists will include Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the FCC; Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities; Chris Jowaisas, Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. Click here for a complete agenda<http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=3&d=73&mid=333753&m=2027>.

If interested in attending the event, please RSVP to events at imls.gov<mailto:events at imls.gov> by April 10th.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Mamie Bittner

Director, Office of Communications and Government Affairs
Institute of Museum and Library Services

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