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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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Coming Soon – HackHealth 2.0

Friday, July 11, 2014
Health  The HackHealth team is happy to announce that we have received funding ($123,317.00) from the National Library of Medicine to continue our program in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The team will enlist two new middle school librarians to bring HackHealth to their schools, and enlist three of...

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iPAC Researchers Present at 2014 ALA Conference

Friday, July 11, 2014
 Several members of the Information Policy and Access Center ventured across the country to Las Vegas to present the Center’s research at the 2014 Annual American Library Association Conference. iPAC Director John Bertot presented as part of the panel Public Libraries and Digital Inclusion, which...

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iPAC and ALA Receive Grant from IMLS to Study Broadband Quality in Public Libraries

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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 a three-year...

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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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iPAC Co-Director Delivers Keynote at Indiana University Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Practice

Thursday, April 3, 2014
On March 28, 2014, IUPUI University Library and the Department of Library and Information Science (DSLIS), School of Informatics and Computing hosted the annual Joint Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Practice. The conference promotes mentoring of DLIS students by professional librarians...

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iPAC Co-Director Appointed to ALA/OITP's Library Advisory Committee

Thursday, April 3, 2014
iPAC Co-Director has been appointed to American Library Association/Office for Information Technology and Policy (ALA/OITP) Library Advisory Committee. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the three-year Policy Revolution! initiative has three major components: 1) to establish policy...

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iPAC Graduate Research Associate Molly Schwartz Receives Fulbright Grant

Monday, March 10, 2014
 Molly Schwartz, a former Graduate Research Associate with iPAC and May 2013 graduate of the Master of Library Science program at the University of Maryland, has received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Grant. Molly will pursue her research project, “User-Centered Design for Digital Cultural Heritage Portals...

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iPAC and ALA Announce E-Government@Your Library Webinar Series

Saturday, February 8, 2014
eGovernment The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have...

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Nominations open for 2014 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
This award honors the unsung members of the library profession who contribute greatly but who are often behind the scenes and not publicly recognized for their important contributions to librarianship and the library community. Please consider nominating someone from your staff, someone you know,...

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iPAC Co-Director Presents at Maryland Library Director's Meeting

Friday, January 17, 2014
Co-Director John Bertot of iPAC gave a presentation entitled "State Library Agency Organizations: Roles, Structures, & Services" at the January 17, 2014 Maryland Library Director's Meeting. The presentation focused on preliminary results of the study sponsored by the Maryland Advisory Council...

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iPAC research cited in the Federal Register

Thursday, November 21, 2013
eGovernment Paul T. Jaeger, co-director of iPAC, and Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Professor at Towson University and an Affiliate Faculty member of iPAC, are two of the authors of a study cited in new regulations from the United States Department of Transportation in the Federal Register (vol. 78, no. 218). These new...

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iPAC Staff Present at Citizens for Maryland Libraries Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Paul T. Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, and Lindsay C. Sarin of iPAC gave a presentation entitled "Strategies for Advocating by Engaging Policy Processes" at the November 15, 2013 meeting of the Citizens for Maryland Libraries.    The presentation focused on the impacts of the political and policy-making...

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Save the Date: Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education to be Held April 11, 2014

Monday, November 11, 2013
LIS Education  Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education to be Held April 11, 2014   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 University of...

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Joint iPAC and CASCI Talk: James Grimmelmann Presents "Speech Engines," 11:00 AM, 10/15, HBK2119

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) are pleased to jointly present a research talk by James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, University of Maryland.  This discussion will take place in 2119 Hornbake South at 11:...

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IPAC-CASCI Community Data Event

Sunday, September 22, 2013
How local organizations leverage data and information to meet community challenges in key areas such as health, literacy, education, governance, economic/workforce development is critical to how communities move forward. As part of a project funded by the State Library of Pennsylvania, the...

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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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John Carlo Bertot delivers Keynote at 2013 IFIP EGOV

Thursday, September 12, 2013
eGovernment iPAC co-director John Carlo Bertot will deliver a keynote presentation at the 2013 IFIP e-government conference (EGOV 2013) taking place in Koblenz, Germany 16-19 September 2013. The presentation is entitled Big and Open Data: Policy Issues and Implications. Open Government relies heavily on Open...

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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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