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There are still 100 million Americans who do not have a broadband connection to the Internet. This statistic is sobering and has profound implications for economic success, educational achievement and civic life.

Libraries are among the essential community anchors that have a significant role to play in providing access, encouraging adoption and impacting the health and vitality of their communities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with the University of Washington and the International City/County Management Association, has consulted with hundreds of community members and experts over the past 18 months to identify action steps and a framework for digital communities.

Building Digital Communities content on the IMLS Web site:
Help Your Community Reap the Advantages of Broadband Adoption and Digital Literacy

May 7, 2015 12:35 PM
IMLS encourages libraries, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. Read More

 
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President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge

April 30, 2015 09:41 AM
President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

May 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide. Read More

 
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Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Libraries = Education: A Game-Changing Vision

January 14, 2015 01:37 PM
Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities. Read More

 
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October 2008: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service


Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Read More

 
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November 2007: History and High-tech Intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway


Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: Getting Started

March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action


The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users


This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Libraries are Essential to Broadband Adoption


Quick summary of the impact of library services for digital literacy and broadband adoption. Read More