Making Access Happen by Expanding Broadband

I recently attended the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ public hearing on broadband access, hosted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. I was joined by colleagues from Federal agencies, universities, museums and libraries to examine the need for high speed broadband access in America’s libraries, and how this access is essential in meeting the educational, cultural, and information needs of all citizens.

As the leader of an agency dedicated to providing access to the permanent records of the federal government, I support this initiative to increase broadband access. Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke eloquently of his own experience in using archival records and the value of electronic access to those records.  Broadband access is the crucial piece in this equation; we need to ensure that our holdings and content can reach the eyes of many more people in order to truly make access happen.

Watch the full recording of the IMLS Public Hearing: “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact”: 

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  1. I enjoyed listening to this hearing and enjoyed Mr. Wheeler’s remarks. Opening up NARA’s holdings are critical if we are to remain relevant in the future. this does not only mean “digitization,” but it also means ensuring that those e-records (digitized or born digital) are easily discoverable by users (“one click.”)

    The challenges of electronic records are formidable. In its 2012 Report to the President on “Transforming the Classification System,”, the Public Interest Declassification Board recommended that the Government reform its processes and policies, and use technology to automate review of records to allow more efficient and effective access.

    I am pleased that NARA is working with the President and agencies to implement digital records policies that will foster public access.

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