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NISO Webinar: Net Neutrality: Will Library Resources Be Stuck in the Slow Lane?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.


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

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Network Neutrality Principles and Policy for Libraries & Higher Education
Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Office for Information Technology Policy, American Library Association

The American Library Association has partnered with other library and higher education organizations to advocate directly with the Federal Communications Commission and Congress on network neutrality. This presentation will define network neutrality and related terms, briefly explore the national policy concerns and politics at play in the current debate, and explore network neutrality principles and advocacy from a library and higher education perspective. What is “paid prioritization” and what does “Title II” refer to—and why should you care? This primer will provide a network neutrality policy context through the library lens. 

Larra joined OITP in late 2010. She shares responsibilities for overall management of OITP, along with overseeing its telecommunications portfolio and day-to-day administration of the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century, and supporting a range of grant-funded collaborations. She is the co-principal investigator for the Policy Revolution! initiative, a three-year effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and advance national policy priorities for libraries. Larra also is the OITP staff lead supporting the Digital Inclusion Survey managed by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and serves as a board member for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition.

Previously, she served as the project manager in the ALA Office for Research & Statistics for three years. Larra provided day-to-day management of the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, including conducting qualitative research, contributing to and editing final annual study reports, and leading outreach and communications efforts around study findings and materials. She began her ALA career in the Public Information Office as Manager of Media Relations in 2000, following more than a decade of experience in non-profit public affairs, government relations, media relations and print journalism. Larra received her M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Network neutrality: The Public Library Perspective
Holly Carroll, Executive Director, Poudre River Public Library District

The Open Internet is fundamental to the basic tenant of public libraries: free and equal access to information for all people . Since the Internet is a primary conduit to digital content and applications used by the public, a pay to play scenario would require public libraries to make difficult budgetary choices in providing high quality internet access at the expense of other library services. Communities rely on the public library to provide public Internet access for homework help, job searches, videoconferencing, research databases, eBooks and other digital content. What library services or compromises might public libraries be forced to make if they must pay for premium access? This presentation will provide examples of valuable library and community programs and services that flourish because of a free and open Internet and how such services would be affected without the principle of network neutrality.

Holly Carroll is Executive Director of Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, Colorado. She arrived in Colorado in 2009 after spending all of her professional life in Ohio. Previous positions in Ohio include Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library and Director of Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. She is active professionally at the state and national levels. She has held numerous American Library Association committee appointments and is currently serving as co-chair of the Committee on Legislation, Telecommunications Subcommittee. In Ohio, Holly served as President of the Ohio Library Association. She participates on the Colorado Association of Libraries Legislative Committee.

Carroll was named Kent State Alumna of the Year for Professional Achievement in 2001. In 2003, she was inducted into the OLC Hall of Fame Library for Lifetime Achievement in Public Librarianship and received the OLC Chap Parsons’ Award for Library Advocacy.

During her tenure at Poudre River Public Library District, the library system received the Colorado Association of Libraries’ Julie J Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom and was named a 2013 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator for Serving Communities in Crisis.

Holly holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Kent State University and also a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science and is currently an adjunct instructor at Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.

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Academic Libraries and Net Neutrality
Jonathan Miller, Library Director, Olin Library of Rollins College 

Jonathan is Library Director of the Olin Library at Rollins College, a private selective liberal arts college in Winter Park, Florida. He currently serves as Chair of the ACRL Government Relations Committee. Jonathan received his MLS in 1992 from SUNY Buffalo and his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh.


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Registration closes on January 14, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on January 14, 2015. Cancellations made by January 7, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10:00 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the webinar, at please contact the NISO office or email Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager at jwood@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact Juliana Wood to provide alternate contact information.
  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants and LSA member webinar contacts will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived webinar recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.