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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:
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

July 15, 2014 02:50 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014 01:05 PM
More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Florida Division of Library and Information Services

May 28, 2014 01:59 PM
The Florida State Library is focusing LSTA funds on expanding broadband access, helping people find jobs, and connecting them to electronic government services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014 10:27 AM
Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at the IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released

May 5, 2014 11:14 AM
The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More