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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:
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Blog Post: New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

April 16, 2014 12:39 PM
New analysis shows that participation is greater than expected. Read More

 
Maggie discovers 3D printing at the Chattanooga Public Library.
Blog Post: What Good is a Gig?

April 8, 2014 01:08 PM
Partially funded by IMLS, the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project shares case studies on libraries that are getting gigabit-speed internet connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Georgia Public Library Service

April 1, 2014 03:17 PM
For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Georgia state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing. Read More

 
Videoconferencing in the craig public library
Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries Helping Communities Imagine the Possible

March 7, 2014 03:41 PM
Senior Library Program Officer Mary Alice Ball recaps recent events that covered the impact of geo-mapping, crowdsourcing, and the E-rate. Read More