New studies by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) find that America's public libraries are serving more people online, including students. But as more patrons demand access to internet resources, libraries are struggling to keep up with this demand--and they say they need more funding, infrastructure, and staff.


One study, "Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study 2007-2008," conducted by the ALA and the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that 73 percent of all libraries (and 83 percent

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