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UMD Disability Summit — Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Inclusion The 2017 UMD Disability Summit will be held from 9-4 on Friday April 21, 2017 in the Stamp Student Union Colony Ballroom and Charles Carroll Room. The UMD Disability Summit promotes dialogue and collaboration between people conducting research, teaching courses, and offering programs related to...

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2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science

Monday, June 13, 2016
Inclusion Registration for the 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now open at: http://go.umd.edu/CIDLIS2016 CIDLIS 2016 will be at the University of Maryland on October 20 and 21. The pre-conference workshops will be the evening of October 20, and the...

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Call for Chapter Proposals: Re-Envisioning the MLS

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
LIS Education Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education Edited by Lindsay C. Sarin, Johnna Percell, Paul T. Jaeger, & John Carlo Bertot. The last several years have been marked by a number of societal challenges and changes that include, but are not...

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National Interactive Public Library Digital Inclusion Map Re-Launched

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Inclusion Want to know what your library's community really looks like? Want to show how your library helps build digitally inclusive communities? Our Digital Inclusion data visualization tool maps all public libraries using the FY2013 Public Library Survey data file released by the Institute of Museum and...

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2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Results and Reports Released

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey   2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Reports Released Public libraries provide access to broadband, WiFi, and a range of public access technologies. By providing free and equitable access to Internet-enabled technology, public libraries help ensure that a lack of basic or more advanced technology...

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2015 CIDLIS Program is Available

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Community Engagement, Inclusion The program for the 2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now available. This year features more than 25 speakers discussing inclusion and diversity issues in environments ranging from public libraries and academia to iSchools, cataloging systems...

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iSchool and iPAC release Re-Envisioning the MLS Report

Friday, August 7, 2015
LIS Education In August 2014, the University of Maryland’s iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) launched the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative to address significant changes in the information landscape, our communities, information organizations, technology, the economy, workforce needs...

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2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library & Information Science (CIDLIS) - Oct. 15 - 16

Monday, July 13, 2015
Community Engagement, Inclusion The 2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now accepting registrations and submissions. The conference (known in past years as the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education) focuses on issues of diversity, inclusion, and information access in library...

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John Bertot Receives Inaugural iSchool Student Group Faculty Award

Thursday, May 28, 2015
LIS Education On May 22, 2015, the iSchool Student Groups announced that iPAC Co-Director John Bertot was selected to receive the inaugural iSchool Student Group Faculty Award. Examples in support of his nomination included: His support and assistance when responding to student questions and concerns. The...

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iPAC Releases Study of State Library Agencies

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Inclusion State Library Agencies (SLAs) offer a range of services, fill varying roles, and have varying statutory mandates. In addition, SLAs are enacted differently, sometimes as independent and autonomous agencies or commissions, other times embedded within larger state agencies (e.g., Department of...

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iPAC Publishes Broadband Quality in Public Libraries: Speed Test Findings and Results

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries,” a new supplementary summary report released jointly today by the American Library...

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Mega Subramaniam Receives IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for ConnectedLib Project

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Learning, Youth University of Maryland iSchool Assistant Professor and iPAC Associate Director Mega Subramaniam is the co-recipient of a $384,587 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funded project, Connected Learning at the Library: Developing...

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Paul Jaeger Promoted to Full Professor

Saturday, April 4, 2015
 Paul Jaeger has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. Paul has been a faculty member at University of Maryland's iSchool since 2006 and has acted as the co-director for the iSchool's Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) since 2011. Dr. Jaeger was also the recent recipient of...

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HackHealth Team to Host ALA Pre-Conference Workshop

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Health  As the Internet becomes more essential in meeting young people’s everyday life and academic information needs, ensuring that students have the skills needed to assess the credibility of online resources becomes more critical. These skills are particularly difficult to teach, largely due to the...

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Mega Subramaniam Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Friday, March 6, 2015
Learning, Youth Mega Subramaniam has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Mega has been an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland's iSchool since 2009 and has acted as the associate director for the iSchool's Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) since 2011. Please join us in...

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iSchool's Paul Jaeger Named Top LIS Educator of the Year

Thursday, November 20, 2014
LIS Education We here at iPAC are so happy to see Paul recognized! Note: this text repurposed from the iSchools press release.  Paul T. Jaeger, associate professor and co-director of the Information Policy and Access Center in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, has...

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The Aspen Institute releases Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

Monday, November 3, 2014
Inclusion On Tuesday October, 14, 2014, the Aspen Institute, a Washington, DC-based educational and policy studies organization, released a report titled Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries that “looks at how – in an age of instant and abundant information – U.S. public libraries can...

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iPAC Co-Director Bertot Delivers Keynote at ICEGOV Conference

Monday, November 3, 2014
eGovernment iPAC Co-Director John Bertot delivered the keynote entitled eGovernment and Inclusion: Potential, Issues, & Strategies at the 2014 ICEGOV Conference held in Guimarães, Portugal. The keynote touched on issues surrounding the potential of open data to spur innovative and transformative government...

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iPAC Launched 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Building on the success of the 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey, iPAC has launched the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey in partnership with the American Library Association and the International City/County Management Association.Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the national survey...

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Katie Shilton Receives Research Funding from Three National Science Foundation Grants

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Health  iPAC Senior Research Fellow and University of Maryland iSchool Assistant Professor Katie Shilton has received National Science Foundation grant funding for three different projects. These grant supported projects include:  Finding Practices that Cultivate Ethical Computing in Mobile and Wearable...

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