May 22, 2022

Video: IMLS Hearing About Broadband and Libraries Available Online From C-SPAN Video Library

UPDATE: NTIA Releases 3 Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries

UPDATE: Matt Ennis of Library Journal provides coverage of the hearing. 

A resource we mention often on infoDOCKET, the award-winning C-SPAN Video Library has a complete video recording of the IMLS-sponsored “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact” hearing that took place last Thursday (April 21, 2014) in the lobby of the MLK Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library.

Direct to Video of Hearing

From an IMLS Blurb:

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services held a public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.

Current FCC Chairman, Thomas Wheeler, provided opening remarks while former FCC Chairman, Reed Hundt, offered closing comments.

The main part of the hearing consisted of three panel discussions:

What’s Working
What happens when we get it right? This panel explored innovative practices and partnerships and new strategies that have the potential to serve individuals and communities well.

The Data
Panelists explored what we know about broadband connections and services in America’s libraries. What are the metrics that were needed to assess whether sufficient connectivity is in place? What are the metrics that could be used to assess success?

Moving Forward
session for exploring solutions for sufficient connectivity in libraries.

Panelist bios are available here.

The program runs about 155 minutes.

Direct to Video of Hearing

Tip: The C-SPAN video library provides a useful feature that allows users to clip portions of the video and then easily share them with others.

1. Look for the 2014-04-21_16-46-28 2 icon at the bottom of the video box.

2. Click

3. “Define” the Clip by Moving the Timeline Levers to the Desired Start and Stop Times

4. Click Preview

4. Enter a Title and Description, Click Share and You’ll be Provided with a URL

Note: The C-SPAN Video Library contains just about EVERYTHING that has ever aired on C-SPAN back to 1987. At the moment the library contains close to 203,000 hours of material and most of it keyword searchable. Three years ago (4/1/2012) this important and increasingly essential resource received a Peabody Award.

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