Data visualization tool showcases the Sacramento Public Library, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library system, the Carroll County Library system and the Wicomico Public Library system. This tool can become a valuable resource for visualizing data about library systems and their respective communities. Read more
Interactive map that shows public libraries and community data

 The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool and the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) will host the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education on April 11, 2014, at the UMD.

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Nominations being accepted for the 2014 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award.

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iPAC and ALA Launch and Announce E-Government@Your Library Webinar Series Read more Logo


Recent News

Sunday, April 13, 2014
This year's symposium included over 150 registrants and 17 speakers.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
iPAC Co-Director and Professor Dr. John Bertot delivered the keynote address entitled "The Role of Public Libraries in Building Digitally Inclusive Communities: Technologies, Policy, and Issues."

Upcoming Events

Improving the Health Literacy, Health-Related Self-Efficacy, and Long-Term Health Outlook of Disadvantaged Youth through the Facilitation of Scientific Inquiry and Information Literacy Skills

Youth are increasingly engaging in self-directed information-seeking behavior on the Internet. This is particularly true for health information (Fergie, Hunt, & Hilton, 2013; Franck, Noble, & McEvoy, 2008; Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001; Smart et al, 2012). At the same time, studies have shown that youth often struggle to find credible and relevant sources (Gray et al, 2005; Eastin, 2008; Flanagin & Metzger, 2008).

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: Defining the Problem

 The blog post that follows is a significantly abridged version of an article that is currently under review. While this post addresses many key issues facing rural libraries and technology access, information that promotes a more nuanced understanding of these issues has been excluded to conform to the brevity of the blog format.