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iPAC Grand Opening

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Come to the iPAC grand opening on April 11th on the second floor of south Hornbake from 3:00-5:30pm!  At our grand opening you will learn about some of our exciting research into the social, policy, and technology aspects of information access. Refreshments and fascinating information will be...

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iPAC Staffers Win 2nd Place in the iSchool Doctoral Research Day Poster Competition

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Natalie Greene and Ursula Gorham won second place for their poster on the Libraries and E-Government project, presented at the 2012 iSchool Doctoral Research Day Poster Competition. John Bertot, Paul Jaeger, Ruth Lincoln, and Elizabeth Larson all contributed to the research that informed the poster...

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iPAC Co-Director John Carlo Bertot Delivers Keynote for the AMIGOS “Welcome to Technology: Unexpected Consequences of Legislation and Policies in Libraries” Web-based Conference.

Friday, February 17, 2012
 iPAC Co-Director John Carlo Bertot delivered a keynote entitled “The Changing (or not) Information and Telecommunications Policy Landscape: Implications for Libraries,” for the AMIGOS “Welcome to Technology: Unexpected Consequences of Legislation and Policies in Libraries” Web-based Conference on...

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Subramaniam and Greene Present Paper on School and Public Libraries at ALISE Conference

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
 iPAC Associate Director Mega M. Subramaniam and iPAC Graduate Research Associate Natalie Greene presented their paper “The Effect of School Library Closings on Public Libraries in Sacramento, CA” at the 2012 Association for Library and Information Science Education conference, held in Dallas, TX...

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Workshop - Free Your Metadata: Why Does it Matter?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
 Workshop Free Your Metadata: Why Does it Matter? Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pmPlace: Hornbake Library, South Wing, Room 2119   Note: If you would like to participate in the hands-on portion of the presentation, please pre-install Google Refine on your laptop and bring it with you.   ...

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Bertot Presents Paper on Open Government at HICSS Conference

Friday, January 13, 2012
eGovernment iPAC Director John Bertot published the paper “Measurement of Open Government: Metrics and Process” in the Proceedings of the 45th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences held in Maui January 4-7, 2012. The paper, co-authored by Partrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org and Ted...

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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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Future E-Government Librarians Attend FDLC and Visit College Park

Thursday, October 27, 2011
eGovernment The Federal Library Depository Council meetings held in Arlington, VA from Oct. 17-20, again served as the backdrop for some much-anticipated face-to-face meeting time for those MLS students enrolled in the Government Information Service in the 21st Century online degree program, commonly referred...

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iPAC Associate Director and iSchool Faculty Receive $550K Grant from National Science Foundation to Study STEM Identity Creation in School Libraries

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Learning, Youth A team of researchers from the University of Maryland’s iSchool, including iPAC Associate Director Mega Subramaniam, Ph.D., are among the first recipients of a three-year grant  ($550,000.00) from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cyberlearning: Transforming Education crosscutting...

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iPAC Co-Director Presents at EGOV Conference in Delft, the Netherlands

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
eGovernment  iPAC Co-Directors John Bertot & Paul Jaeger published the paper “Community-Sourcing: Bridging Resources, Partnerships, and ICTs to Promote Transformative Government” in the Proceedings of the 2011 IFIPS EGOV Conference held in Delft, the Netherlands August 28-September 2, 2011. The paper...

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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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iPAC Releases its new Website!

Friday, June 17, 2011
Community Engagement While the Center for Library and Information Innovation (CLII) and the Center for Information Policy and E-Government (CIPEG) will not formally celebrate their merger to create the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) until October 2011, we could not wait to launch the center's new...

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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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The "Libraries and E-Government: New Partnerships in Public Service Project" Visits Rockville Memorial Library

Thursday, June 16, 2011
eGovernment Our iPAC project team went to the Rockville Memorial Library (Rockville, MD) on May 26, 2011 to meet with members of the staff and to discuss the possibilities of working with them during the development and implementation of our e-government resource tool. We want to be able to create a resource...

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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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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 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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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 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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