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Recent News // Connect Michigan Executive Director Provides Testimony on Library Connectivity

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Washington, DC – Connect Michigan Executive Director Eric Frederick testified today in Washington D.C. at The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact.” The hearing examined the need for high-speed broadband in America’s libraries.

Frederick spoke about Connect Michigan’s extensive experience working with libraries and how today’s libraries serve as clearinghouses for the endless amount of information, tools, and services available on the Internet and are catalysts for broadband adoption.

“Through our work with Connected, we have seen first-hand that the days when library resources were limited to books and other printed materials are long gone,” said Frederick. “Today’s libraries serve as clearinghouses for the endless amount of information, tools, and services available on the Internet and catalysts for broadband adoption.”

Recent initiatives like Connect-Ed and the modernization of the E-rate program have highlighted the necessity for providing schools and libraries with high-speed connectivity, an essential service for meeting the emerging technological requirements of citizens across the country.

IMLS advises the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public. The hearing was designed to establish a pubic record on the impact of and necessity for high-speed broadband in the nation’s 123,000 school, public, research and academic libraries.

The hearing was held during National Library Week. First initiated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

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