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UM-SI Autism Project Team to present at Visitor Studies Association Conference

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Inclusion The Visitor Studies Association 2012 Conference is being held in Raleigh, NC on July 24-28.  From their site: "The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) seeks to foster a sense of community among its members, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate...

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Public Lecture by Richard Stallman, 11/22/2011: Free Software in Ethics and in Practice

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Inclusion The Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland PresentFree Software in Ethics and in PracticeA Public Policy Lecture by Richard StallmanTuesday, November 22, 2:00 PM, Chemical (Building 91), Room 1402   Richard Stallman...

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Public Lecture, 11/9/2011: The Framing Years: Policy Fundamentals in the Internet Design Process, 1969-1979

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Inclusion The Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland PresentThe Framing Years: Policy Fundamentals in the Internet Design Process, 1969-1979A Public Policy Lecture by Sandra Braman, Professor of Communication, University of...

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iPAC Releases 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey A new national survey of public libraries conducted by the Information Policy & Access Center (ipac.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland College Park shows that U.S. public libraries continue to expand as public access technology centers for communities, providing essential resources and...

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New Information and Diverse Populations Concentration to launch at iSchool in August 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Inclusion In August 2011, the scholarship cohort enrolled in the Information and Diverse Populations Concentration will begin classes at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this group of students will receive...

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2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Results Published

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), this study conducted a national...

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2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Public Release Data File

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to release the 2013 Digital Inclusion survey data as a public release data file. Accompanying the data file is a codebook that describes the data elements, aspects of the data file, background...

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Digital Inclusion Issue Brief Released

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The ubiquitous nature of the Internet and accompanying services and technologies now makes equitable access to and participation in the online environment essential for success in education, employment, finance, health and wellness, civic engagement, and more. Digital inclusion brings together high-...

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2014 Survey Now Open

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Following the staggering success of the Fall 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey, the 2014 iteration of the survey is now open! All libraries may participate in the on-line survey until November 22, 2014. To take the survey, go here. To learn more about this year's survey, go here.

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New Features! Interactive Public Library Digital Inclusion Map

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey 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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Speed Test Launched

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Take the Speed Test! The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park will gauge the quality of public access to the internet in our nation’s public libraries this summer. The speed test study is a supplement to...

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

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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2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Launches September 22

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey   We are now encouraging public libraries to participate in the upcoming second Digital Inclusion Survey. The survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and...

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New Digital Inclusion Survey Issue Briefs Available

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) has published several issue briefs based on the 2013 and 2014 Digital Inclusion Surveys and other studies. The issue briefs focus on various roles that public libraries play in building digitally inclusive communities: Access. With 100% of public...

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2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Responses

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey Thank you to all the libraries that participated in the 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey. We received approximately 4,200 responses (about 3,400 from sampled libraries for a 70% response rate. All responses are used in our interactive mapping tool).

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2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Closed

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The 2014 Digital Inclusion survey is now closed. Many thanks to the over 5,500 libraries that participated in the survey! We anticipate releasing the full study report in Summer 2015. In the meantime, please check out the results from our 2013 survey, interactive map, state pages (which include a...

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2014 Summer Speed Test Now Closed

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The 2014 Summer Speed Test is now closed! Thank you to everyone who participated. The results of the Speed Test will be published in Fall 2014.

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2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Results Released

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey For Immediate ReleaseWed, 10/14/2015 Contact: Nancy Gravatt Press Officer ALA Washington Office (202) 628-8410 ngravatt@alawash.org From health insurance seekers to students, libraries leverage expertise, digital services WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of our nation’s nearly 17,000 public...

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2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Closed

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation - we received over 4,500 responses, for a greater than 80% response rate! We will be releasing data, updating our interactive map to include all U.S. public libraries and additional community data (e.g., demographic,...

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New Survey Deadline - 12/12/2014

Inclusion, Digital Inclusion Survey The 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey has been extended! It is now open until December 12, 2014. The survey is open to all public libraries in the US. Participate here.

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