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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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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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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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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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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 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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iPAC Publishes 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Results

Friday, July 25, 2014
Inclusion The ubiquity of the Internet poses challenges and opportunities for individuals and communities alike. These challenges and opportunities, however, are not evenly distributed across or within individuals and communities. Equitable access to and participation in the online environment is...

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iPAC Data Highlighted in International City/County Management Association Article

Friday, May 2, 2014
Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) used data from the Information Policy and Access Center's (iPAC) 2011-2012 Public Libraries Technology and Access Study (PLFTAS) to demonstate how public libraries can benefit various locales. In the latest issue of Public Management (PM)...

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University of Maryland Successfully Hosts 2nd Diversity in LIS Education Symposium

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Inclusion, LIS Education  On April 11, 2014, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland hosted the 2014 Symposium on Diversity and Library and Information Science Education. The focus of this symposium was to bring together researchers, professionals, and administrators to discuss approaches and...

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Interactive Public Library Digital Inclusion Map Launched

Friday, September 13, 2013
Inclusion Since 1994, the Public Libraries and the Internet and Public Library Funding & Technology Access national surveys charted the progress of public library use of and interaction with the Internet. Findings have included longitudinal data on the numbers of public access computers; availability...

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National Digital Inclusion Survey Launched!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Inclusion The following press release was prepared by the American Library Association (ALA) to announce the launch of the Digital Inclusion Survey. This survey is a partnership between iPAC, the ALA Office of Research and Statistics, the International City/County Management Association, the Institute for...

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Graduate Assistant Kaitlin J. Peterson’s presentation selected as winner for REFORMA President’s Program.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Inclusion Kaitlin J. Peterson’s paper, “Including the Culturally Excluded and Socially Forgotten: Information Services for Spanish Migrant Workers in the United States” will be presented at Chicago ALA, Saturday, June 29 3:00 PM at Palmer House Spire Parlor.  Her work explores the information needs of...

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Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey data illustrates necessity of Public Libraries

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Inclusion The New York Times recently featured Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) data in an article about the digital divide and the necessity of computer access in the 21st century. Collected  by the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland in...

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iSchool and iPAC host Symposium on Diversity in Library & Information Science Education

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Inclusion On November 8 and 9, Maryland’s iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) hosted the 2012 Symposium on Diversity in Library and Information Science Education at the University of Maryland. This event was the first national Symposium devoted to the intersection of diversity,...

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Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Inclusion Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education Welcome Page Note: Registration is now closed.  In order to attend any Symposium events you must be registered. On Thursday November 8th & Friday November 9th 2012 the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education will bring together information professionals...

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iPAC Publishes 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey: Findings and Results

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Inclusion From the American Library Association Press Release: Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s...

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