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Electronic Resources Management (ERM)

Systems developed to assist librarians in the control of licensed third-party resources published electronically (databases, e-books, e-journals, etc.), including license management, renewal, legal use, access management, and collection development.

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Sen. Bob Casey asks FCC to Monitor Shutdown

Acknowledging “it is critical that the Internet continues to be an affordable tool for those working toward a better life,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) urged FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to closely monitor Sprint’s WiMAX shutdown in a letter dated Nov. 20, 2015.

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Sprint Loses in Court Again

This just in: In an another attempt to subvert the orders of Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders, Sprint asked an appeals court to suspend her decision and force the nonprofits that run Mobile Citizen and Mobile Beacon to pony up a $65 million bond despite her ruling that this was excessive and unnecessary. But just like Judge Sanders did, the appellate court firmly rejected Sprint’s requests, dismissing them before we even submitted our papers.

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Philadelphians Protest Sprint’s Plan to Cut Internet to 300,000 Vulnerable Americans



(PHILADELPHIA) November 17, 2015 – A group of Philadelphia residents took to the streets today in front of a downtown Sprint store to protest the Sprint Corporation’s continued effort to shut off broadband access to more than 300,000 vulnerable Americans – including at least 10,000 Philadelphians.

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Tuesday: Philadelphians Protest Sprint Plan to Cut Internet to 300,000

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(PHILADELPHIA) November 16, 2015
– A group of Philadelphia residents will protest the Sprint Corporation’s continued effort to shut off broadband access to more than 300,000 vulnerable Americans, including at least 10,000 Philadelphians, with a protest Tuesday at noon in front of a downtown Sprint store.

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Court Releases Full Decision on Injunction



November 9, 2015

A Massachusetts state court today released a full decision explaining the preliminary injunction it issued last Thursday stopping Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network on Nov. 6.

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Sprint WiMax Shutdown Suspended: Mobile Beacon Wins Preliminary Injunction


Great news, we have succeeded in stopping the shutdown!

Today, a Massachusetts state court granted a preliminary injunction stopping Sprint from its plan to shut off broadband access for more than 300,000 mostly low-income Americans this Friday.

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The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion Alliance


Guest article by Angela Siefer
Director at National Digital Inclusion Alliance

I am so happy to announce the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.

There is a clear need among non-profit organizations, libraries, schools and other community institutions for a national broadband adoption advocacy organization. Three federal agencies (National Telecommunications and Information Administration [NTIA], Housing and Urban Development [HUD], Federal Communications Commission [FCC]), plus the White House, are focusing significant attention and possibly significant resources on broadband adoption. How significant the resources will be could depend upon strong advocacy by broadband adoption practitioners in non-profit organizations and libraries.

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SHLB Wrap-up: Ideas Exchanged, Pilot Libraries Awarded



We’re completely energized from the recent Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) 2015 Annual Conference! SHLB is made up of like-minded nonprofit and commercial organizations that support open, affordable, high-capacity broadband connections for community anchor institutions (CAIs) and their surrounding communities.

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Mobile Beacon helps give immigrant adult learners the tools they need to succeed.



Article by Larry Britt of RIFLI
Computer Science & Social Media Coordinator

The RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) is a 16-year-old-adult education agency and we primarily serve immigrants – approximately 250 a year.  We offer an educational continuum from beginner English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to Career and College Transitions preparation.  We partner with many libraries, work sites and community agencies where we offer our classes.  Over the past year we’ve advanced technology initiatives that we hope will build a cohesive, integrated solution to address our students’ digital literacy needs.

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Mobile Beacon is helping provide free, at-home Internet access to over 10,000 NYC patrons.

The Library Hotspot lending program was first piloted by New York Public Library (NYPL) over the spring 2014 using 100 Wi-Fi modems with unlimited 4G data plans provided through Mobile Beacon. The catalyst for the pilot began after a survey of patrons revealed that 55 percent of those utilizing free Internet and computers in NYPL’s branches did not have broadband access at home. When household income dropped below $25,000, that percentage increased to 65 percent.

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Closing the Digital Divide in Kansas City

Did you know 70% of children in the Kansas City School District do not have Internet access at home?

That’s one statistic the Kansas City Public Library is working hard to change. They have launched the Digital Inclusion Coalition – regional nonprofit, government and businesses leaders whose goal is to increase Internet connectivity and digital literacy in Kansas City. As the central community organizer, the Kansas City Public Library brought the group together this fall for the first time, hosting their kickoff at the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Summit sponsored by, among others, Google Fiber.

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Happy Connected Educator Month!

This month is Connected Educator Month (CEM) which supports President Obama’s education initiative called ConnectED. It is designed to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries within five years.

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Timeline of Educational Technology is Schools Infographic

Most of us think of technology in the classroom as a relatively recent event. In fact, it’s been an ever-evolving reality for over a century. Take a look at how technology in schools has changed over time.

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Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Data Plan

Data is the new coin of the realm. Learn how to stretch your budget!

Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right data plan among all the options out there? Start with the numbers.

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Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits – what’s your best option?

Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re using it for.

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