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April 26, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New ALA Report Looks at Library Broadband Services

Government Technology posted about ALA’s new report, stating the following:

The report, titled Keeping Communities Connected: Library Broadband Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic, explores the efforts of libraries to understand and combat the digital divide. While libraries have provided Wi-Fi connectivity outside of operating hours prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in many cases—81 percent of libraries surveyed by the Public Library Association in March 2020 reported doing so—12 percent expanded on this practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ALA report highlights specific examples of libraries expanding Internet access. …

The ALA report also underlines that challenges remain in this space. Most prominently, tight budgets limit libraries from expanding broadband access as widely as demand requires. A secondary challenge is overall access to Internet connections, as some libraries are in areas without broadband, which make solutions like hot spots less effective.

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