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Jan 14 NISO Webinar
Net Neutrality: Will Library Resources be stuck in the Slow Lane?
About the Webinar
Net Neutrality is an issue that has been increasingly in the news, but it is something that has affected libraries for a lot longer. Many public libraries are in underserved communities where patrons may not have personal access to the internet, so the use of the public libraries' resources is critical for them. Without net neutrality, those public libraries may not be able to cost-effectively provide such Internet service. For the scholarly and academic communities, scholarly resources could be resigned to the slow lane of the net, if content providers and libraries don't have the resources to pay for the "fast lane." As resources increasingly go multimedia, requiring greater bandwidth, will libraries and content platform providers be saddled with taking on added costs to ensure reliable access?
Net neutrality begins with the basic idea that the Internet is a fair and democratic platform for all. Organizations such as the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, and Internet2, among others, have spoken out about the critical need for retaining net neutrality in the library, higher education, and research communities.
In this webinar, presenters will help define Net Neutrality, what could happen without it, and how it can impact public and academic libraries, and the wider information community.
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO
Network Neutrality Principles and Policy for Libraries & Higher Education
Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Office for Information Technology Policy, American Library Association
Network neutrality: The Public Library Perspective
Holly Carroll, Executive Director, Poudre River Public Library District
Academic Libraries and Net Neutrality
Jonathan Miller, Library Director, Olin Library of Rollins College