Libraries In the Digital Age Mark Bard [email_address] Information Technology Policy Specialist ALA Office for Information...
Question Do libraries matter in the digital age?
Answer: Yes! Libraries provide  free  public access computing to the communities they serve
% of Public Libraries Connected By Year
Prove IT! <ul><li>1.3 billion visits in 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up from 821.6 Million in 1994 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Who Uses It? <ul><li>The Public  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With  and  without capability at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Se...
How Does the Public Use It? <ul><li>Gateways to information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government; Healthcare </li></ul></ul><u...
Educational Activities <ul><li>Education & Homework Support </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Subscri...
Sufficient to Meet Demand? <ul><li>52% of the libraries: No </li></ul><ul><li>Math: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1,500 Kbps / 10 ...
Connection Speeds By State
Increasing Library Connectivity Summary of Findings
Bandwidth ‘Explosion’  <ul><li>Increased usage of graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music, Podcasts, ...
Collaboration Works! <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Sup...
Collaboration With Whom? <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Gov...
Question Do libraries matter in the digital age?
Lack of Awareness  <ul><li>Government Officials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National, State & Local </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vendo...
Common Statements & Questions <ul><li>“Why is this a problem?” </li></ul><ul><li>“Why do they need more bandwidth?” </li><...
Meeting Current Demand <ul><li>“ The pent up demand is ready to explode” </li></ul><ul><li>“ When they click, it should ha...
Increasing Services <ul><li>Partnering with Internet2 </li></ul><ul><li>What’s on the horizon? </li></ul>
In Conclusion… <ul><li>Demand for Library services continues </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all Libraries are connected </li></u...
Mark Bard [email_address] www.ala.org/oitp © 2007 The American Library Association   This work is licensed under a Creativ...
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ALA Presentation on Broadband Deployment to Libraries -> September 27, 2007 APT Panel

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Presentation from Mark Bard at the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy on how broadband is changing public libraries & how to improve connectivity.

Reports used for data in the slides can be found at:

http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/contactwo/oitp/papersa/public_version_final.pdf
http://www.ala.org/plinternetfunding

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  • ALA Presentation on Broadband Deployment to Libraries -> September 27, 2007 APT Panel

    1. 1. Libraries In the Digital Age Mark Bard [email_address] Information Technology Policy Specialist ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
    2. 2. Question Do libraries matter in the digital age?
    3. 3. Answer: Yes! Libraries provide free public access computing to the communities they serve
    4. 4. % of Public Libraries Connected By Year
    5. 5. Prove IT! <ul><li>1.3 billion visits in 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up from 821.6 Million in 1994 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4.6% annual growth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>73% -> Only provider of free access </li></ul>
    6. 6. Who Uses It? <ul><li>The Public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With and without capability at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeking assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From all backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of all ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Seniors who don’t have a computer at home” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Kids come in after school” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How Does the Public Use It? <ul><li>Gateways to information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government; Healthcare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Government </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster Response </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life Management </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of Digital Content </li></ul>
    8. 8. Educational Activities <ul><li>Education & Homework Support </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Skills Classes </li></ul>
    9. 9. Sufficient to Meet Demand? <ul><li>52% of the libraries: No </li></ul><ul><li>Math: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1,500 Kbps / 10 Workstations = 150 Kbps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>< 200 Kbps FCC Definition of ‘Broadband’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t take into account bandwidth for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless (in 54% of libraries) </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Connection Speeds By State
    11. 11. Increasing Library Connectivity Summary of Findings
    12. 12. Bandwidth ‘Explosion’ <ul><li>Increased usage of graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music, Podcasts, Course Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Networking/Interactive Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube, et al. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Collaboration Works! <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-rate applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education & Training </li></ul>
    14. 14. Collaboration With Whom? <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Vendors & Providers </li></ul>
    15. 15. Question Do libraries matter in the digital age?
    16. 16. Lack of Awareness <ul><li>Government Officials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National, State & Local </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vendors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telcos, Cable Companies, Wireless, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Common Statements & Questions <ul><li>“Why is this a problem?” </li></ul><ul><li>“Why do they need more bandwidth?” </li></ul><ul><li>“Why do Libraries matter?” </li></ul><ul><li>“If they can pay….” </li></ul><ul><li>“I never knew the needs of Libraries in such detail” </li></ul>
    18. 18. Meeting Current Demand <ul><li>“ The pent up demand is ready to explode” </li></ul><ul><li>“ When they click, it should happen” </li></ul><ul><li>“ If their needs are not met, they will go elsewhere” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have the ability to purchase a database of educational videos [for our entire state], but can not because of lack of bandwidth” </li></ul>
    19. 19. Increasing Services <ul><li>Partnering with Internet2 </li></ul><ul><li>What’s on the horizon? </li></ul>
    20. 20. In Conclusion… <ul><li>Demand for Library services continues </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all Libraries are connected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not meeting the demand of the public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Methods exist for improving broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Remember your library -> There are more of them than McDonalds </li></ul>
    21. 21. Mark Bard [email_address] www.ala.org/oitp © 2007 The American Library Association This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. For more information, please visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/

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