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As a librarian who has worked many years in the library world, and who has seen radical changes in the available technology in our world and in our library, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of strong and equal Broadband access.
So many of today's daily activities revolve around the internet and technology. I will name just a few of the ways we use these resources at our library on a daily basis.
* Providing access to computers, printers, wired internet and WiFi
* Giving job seekers resources and training to apply for gainful employment
*Allowing students access to computers and internet to further their online learning means a more educated society and a better prepared workforce to compete in today's global economy
*Offering ways for people to work from wherever they are using the internet and mobile technologies
*Helping people with low or no technology skills learn how to use technology to improve their lives and bridge the digital divide
*Furnishing access to a growing collection of digital collections, such as the Maine Memory Network and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
* and finally, securing professional development opportunities for library staff via webinars, videoconferencing and access to a growing collection of MOOCs.
Providing excellent customer service means having a backbone that is more than adequate. Sufficient Broadband access with improved upload and download speeds that are consistent and reliable are essential in today's world. If we are to carry out the mission of the library to help educate our communities, we must have an expansion on Broadband access. As a librarian in a community that swells in the summer and can feel and see the squeeze on our community's Broadband service, it is easy to envision what could happen if we do not keep up with the growing trend of using internet-based technologies for work, study, and daily life. We must not allow that to happen. As the gatekeepers, the innovators, and the service providers we must stay ahead of technology to allow our communities and our citizens to prosper.
Reference and Technology Librarian
Wells Public Library
Wells, Maine 04090
207-646-8181 ext. 205
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"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one." Neil Gaiman
From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lord, Linda
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:32 AM
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Subject: [MELIBS-L] Important question for public libraries - need answers today if possible
Senator King's office needs the following information a.s.a.p.
What could you (a public library) do with increased bandwidth (a bigger pipe to the Internet) that you cannot do now? In short, why does bandwidth expansion matter in Maine?
Thank you for feedback!
(If this question is not clear, please call be . I will be at MSL all day today. :)) Linda
Linda H. Lord
Maine State Librarian
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333