Community Media

A look at facilitative tools for discussion and engagement of the citizenry with an emphasis on outlets that are independent of the market-driven commercial and mainstream media outlets.

Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs

Location:
American Library Association's Washington Office, 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20009-2520, United States

“Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs” explores nuances of rurality, details challenges rural libraries face in maximizing their community impacts and describes how existing collaborative regional and statewide efforts help rural libraries and their communities

Librarians Read FCC Title II Riot Act

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States

The American Library Association says the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Tom Wheeler got the reading of the law right when it imposed strong network neutrality rules under Title II (common carrier) authority.

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation. A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months.

After Tough Audits, Library of Congress IT Is On The Mend

Location:
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20540, United States

In 2015, the Library of Congress received critical audits from the Government Accountability Office and its inspector general, both detailing serious years-long IT governance, security and strategy issues.

Kathi Kromer new head of ALA Washington Office

Location:
American Library Association's Washington Office, 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20009-2520, United States

After a nationwide search for the American Library Association’s (ALA) new Associate Executive Director (AED), Washington (DC) Office, ALA has announced the appointment of Kathi Kromer to the role.

Library of the Year: Nashville Public Library

Location:
Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville, TN, United States

In the scope of its programs, services, and collections; the incredible reach of its efforts in cooperation with other public agencies, departments, and local businesses; and its work to identify and fulfill needs of both the mainstream and marginalized people of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville Public Library (NPL), the Gale/LJ 2017 Library of the Year, is a model for the nation and the world.

Ensuring every community in America has access to high-quality broadband

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadband infrastructure legislation has been building momentum in recent weeks. Several bills have been introduced, Infrastructure Week created a buzz, and the Trump administration says that an infrastructure plan will be released soon. What does this all mean for America’s invisible broadband infrastructure and our digital future?

At the Edges of the National Digital Platform

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Libraries straddle the information needs of the 21st century. The wifi, computers and now mobile hotspots that some libraries provide their patrons are gateways to a broad, important, and sometimes essential information resources. The research summarized here examines how rural libraries negotiate telecommunications environments, and how mobile hotspots might extend libraries' digital significance in marginalized and often resource-poor regions.

'Pop-Up' Library Brings Internet Access to Rural Virginia

Location:
Lake Anna, VA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet access can be hard to come by at the farms and houses that dot rural Spotsylvania County (VA) near Lake Anna and Mineral.

Gigabit Libraries Network Announces Five Library TV White Space Broadband Project Awards

Location:
GA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Libraries in five states – Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington – number among a total of nine projects awarded funding and support from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) and San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.

Taking the Fight for Digital Rights to Our Libraries

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Increasingly, the library is the place where people trust—and use—not just the librarian at the help desk, but also the search engine, online catalogs, digital archives, and ...

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which provides $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's (CPB) FY 2019 advance appropriation, $50 million for upgrading and replacing the public broadcasting interconnection system and $25.741 million for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program.

Significant Decline in Form 470 Applicants for E-Rate

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

To meet the E-rate competitive bidding requirements and submit a timely FY2017 funding application, applicants were required to submit their E-rate Form 470 by April 13, 2017. The Form 470 notifies potential vendors that schools and libraries are in the market to purchase goods and service with E-rate discounts. For the third year in a row, the number of applicants posting Form 470s has declined.

Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

Location:
McChrystal Group, 333 N Fairfax St, Alexandria , VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
3

like to say that leadership is a choice. As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice.

Reporter firing shows real threat to public-media independence

Location:
Mercer University , 1501 Mercer University Drive, Savannah , GA, 31404, United States
Recommendation:
3

Not enough public media outsiders seem worried about the constituency that, in my personal experience and according to my reporting, actually does compromise editorial integrity: the organizations that hold stations’ Federal Communications Commission licenses. And there’s no better example of the cause for concern than the recent firing of Jacqui Helbert.

Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students

Location:
Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma park, MD, 20912, United States
Recommendation:
3

As cloud computing has become an integral part of the lives of students at public schools, it has increased the importance of a place generations of students have turned to for much more analog learning needs—the library.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Makes Case on Hill for Funding

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison was on Capitol Hill March 28 to pitch full funding for noncommercial TV and radio—even as President Donald Trump has proposed cutting all federal funds—but to some Republican pushback over a familiar topic: alleged liberal bias, though to some encouraging words from the Republican chairman of the subcommittee.

In West Virginia, a state financial crisis poses the greatest threat to public media

Location:
WV, United States
Recommendation:
2

While public radio stations across the country fret over the threat of federal-level funding cuts, West Virginia Public Broadcasting has its mind on other matters.

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Benton Stands With Toby to Say "Don't Delete Big Bird"

A couple weeks ago, an adorable seven-year-old boy named Toby complained that President Donald Trump is “deleting PBS kids” just to pay for the wall. Toby told U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), “he shouldn’t do that.” The young boy received massive applause for standing up to his Senator, the President, and for what’s right. At this town hall, Senator Cotton said you could have both – a Mexican wall and PBS. But today it turns out that Toby was right. President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal, titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” Disturbingly, the plan calls for the elimination of federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The President's Attack on Public Broadcasting Puts Him at Odds with the American People

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Public and community media are treasured local institutions that are far more popular than Congress or this president.

Can Big Bird survive President Trump?

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump overcame more than a dozen Republican opponents, Hillary Clinton, an array of scandals and daunting electoral math to land in the Oval Office. But now, he may have finally met an opponent he cannot slay: Big Bird.

The 19 agencies that President Trump’s budget would kill, explained

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some of the 19 agencies President Donald Trump's budget would kill.

If Trump really wants to unify American culture, he should fund public broadcasting

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
3

I care deeply about cultural literacy, the idea that we should all have access to a shared set of core concepts that will not only make it easier for children to learn to read and write, but that will give Americans at least some common language and ideas we can use to understand each other across our differences.

Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
5

President Donald Trump unveiled a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies abroad.

Statement from Corporation for Public Broadcasting on the President’s Budget Proposal Eliminating Funding for Public Media

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement regarding the President Donald Trump's proposed elimination of federal funding for public media.

Statement from PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger On Proposed Cuts to Federal Funding for Public Broadcasting

Location:
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States

PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country.

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

Location:
American Library Association's Washington Office, 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20009-2520, United States
Recommendation:
3

In response to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement.

President Trump’s budget will probably slash public media, but the biggest losers won’t be PBS and NPR

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Trump's impending budget proposal is expected to include deep cuts to public media, among other things, which would surely delight Republican lawmakers who have been trying, on and off, to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for five decades.

America's Public Television Stations honors Sens Blunt, Leahy as champions of public broadcasting

Location:
Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), 2100 Crystal Drive, Suite 700, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States
Recommendation:
3

America’s Public Television Stations recognized several public broadcasting leaders with awards and honored two members of Congress for their advocacy on behalf of the system. Sens Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) each received the Champion of Public Broadcasting award, which recognizes political leaders and others who protect the ability of local public TV stations to provide education, public safety and civic leadership services.

American Library Association and Cox Communications partner to narrow digital divide for low-income families

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Library Association and Cox Communications announced a new partnership that will strengthen and expand our shared commitment to connecting low-income students and their families with technology, providing a stronger foundation for success in the classroom, in continuing education and in job opportunities.

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