Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Statewide Effort to Improve Internet Access in Texas Public Libraries

San Antonio, TX (Vocus) October 9, 2009

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission assembled nearly 200 public library leaders, community supporters, broadband providers, and local and state leaders for the Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in San Antonio, to discuss how to improve and sustain high quality Internet access in the Texas public libraries. The Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit provides an opportunity to understand the value of community partnerships and the possibilities of technology as well as in-depth discussion about possible connectivity solutions and next steps necessary to reach improved connectivity speed.

Currently, more than 200 Texas public library systems lack Internet connections fast enough to meet the most basic needs of patrons, and many more report speeds that are inadequate to meet the true demand of their community. Ironically, some of these public libraries offer the only technology lifeline to their communities.

This is the first of two Texas summits that is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its pilot Opportunity Online broadband grant program. Texas, along with six other states, has been invited to participate. The grant program supports public libraries as they seek to improve their broadband connectivity and calls for a broadband sustainability strategy, to be developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to ensure that public libraries continue to improve and maintain adequate connectivity for patrons.

The summit included a comprehensive analysis of Texas current broadband climate and the future of technology access in Texas public libraries. Stephen Abram, a library futurist, spoke about future library services and applications driven by technology that will influence how Americans use computers and the Internet, and why reliable, sustainable broadband connections in libraries will be essential to ensure library patrons can use these programs to improve their lives.

Keynote speaker Graham Richard, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and partner of public libraries, highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships on the local and state level to prioritize funding for improved connectivity in public libraries.

Peggy Rudd, Texas State Library and Archives Commissions director and librarian, led the summit and represented the agency.

Every day we are reminded of the value of Texas public libraries, Rudd said. Todays public libraries provide traditional services, but a growing number of patrons depend on library Internet access to apply for jobs, further their education, run businesses or stay connected with families and friends. This summit and grant program will help better meet these increasing personal and community needs by improving library connection speeds.

Building on dialogue and ideas generated at the summit, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is currently working with an advisory groupincluding Commissioner Todd Staples of the Texas Department of Agriculture, former Governor Mark White, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Chairman Sandra J. Pickett – to develop a strategy to increase and sustain broadband connections in all Texas public libraries. Texas State Library and Archives Commission will now work with libraries across the state to support their Internet connectivity upgrade and create a long-term state sustainability strategy.

The summit highlights the vital role libraries play in connecting communities to information and knowledge through technology, said Jill Nishi, deputy director of U.S. Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What is needed now is long-term collaboration among government, business, communities, and library leaders to ensure that public libraries can continue to provide the high-speed Internet access their patrons need to improve their lives and thrive.

Connected Nation worked closely with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to support the event development and execution. For more information about the Texas Opportunity Online Summit, please visit http://www.opportunityonline.org/snapshots/texas/ or contact us at 1-866-882-3081 or tx1summit (at) opportunityonline.org.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all peopleespecially those with the fewest resourceshave access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. More information is available at http://www.gatesfoundation.org.

About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to preserve the record of government for public scrutiny, to secure and make accessible historically significant records and other valuable resources, to meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities, to build and sustain statewide partnerships to improve library programs and services, and to enhance the capacity for achievement of individuals and institutions with whom we work. Since 1909, TSLAC has carried out a commitment of making information work for all Texans by providing history and genealogical services, federal and state government documents, electronic research, and library services. TSLAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For more information, go to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us or email pio (at) tsl.state.tx.us.

About Connected Nation:

Connected Nation is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that expands access to and use of broadband Internet and the related technologies that are enabled when individuals and communities have the opportunity and desire to connect. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology availability and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered around a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. Connected Nation is also working with technology leaders to implement Every Citizen OnlineSM, a public-private partnership program to enable computer ownership and broadband use in low-income and unconnected homes. For more information about Connected Nation, visit http://www.connectednation.org.

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Wearable Towel Makes A Big Splash on Television News and Internet Commentary


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2009

Convenience trends are never easy to follow and with the Internet and reality television consuming so much media attention there is even less certainty. So how can one explain the overwhelming popularity of a towel with three arm openings? The concept of the Wearable Towel is rather simple but its ingenuity and the company’s creative marketing campaign has captured the attention innumerable media outlets. How else can one explain individual news outlets showcasing the Wearable Towel, complete with photos and excerpts from its parodying commercial in such prestigious newspapers as The Washington Post (where its staffers posed for an editorial wearing the towels), USA Today and New York Daily News; in lifestyle magazines Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Glamour; on national television networks including ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and on reputable shows like MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and Fox News’ Fox & Friends. AOL’s home page rated The Wearable Towel “5 out of 5” as one of it’s ‘we try it before you buy it’ as-seen on TV products, and if that wasn’t enough, Popular Mechanics even conducted their own lab test on the Wearable Towel.

Famed billionaire Warren Buffett’s Business Wireplaced The Wearable Towel as one of its top ten Smart Marketing Pages, next to prestigious companies such as Puma, Fantaand Crocs. Forbes.com, Reuters, and Yahoo! Buzz have also put the Wearable Towel on their favorite’s lists. Rick Dees from his nationally syndicated radio show wore the towel during a staff meeting and sent a personal thank you note. Radio morning shows have covered the Wearable Towel on stations from Los Angeles’ Kiss 107 FM to New York’s Z100 and local news in Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Chicago, San Diego and Detroit.

So what is so captivating about a simple towel?

“People like products that are simple, affordable and suit an immediate purpose,” says Wearable Towel designer Ariel Raphael Stein. “Who hasn’t gotten out of the shower and had to run and answer a phone call or move something off the stove in the kitchen? Who wants to put on clothes when you are still wet or deal with a heavy awkward robe?”

“No one!” answers Stein. “People are raving about the Wearable Towel because it’s both simple and incredibly useful. It’s the newest product where people are saying ‘Man, why didn’t I think of that!'”

Stein goes on to explain, “People relate to simple everyday tasks and are always looking for easier, more effective and comfortable ways to complete daily chores and recreational activities. Everyone uses a towel in some way for at least part their day and we at Wearable Towel have come up with a way to make the towel convenient and multi-functional, while not impinging on the autonomy of the towel’s intended use, and as Martha Stewart would say, ‘And that’s a good thing!'”

For more information on Wearable Towel go to wearabletowel.com or wearabletowelsightings.com

The Wearable Towel is imported directly from the Denizli region of Turkey, is ultra absorbent and first-class in quality. The Wearable Towel is unisex and can be worn in either a tunic style or a toga style. What is totally amazing about the Wearable Towel is that with only three arm openings placed along the side of the towel, you can stay confidently, completely, comfortably, covered, while having the freedom to use your hands. So whether you’re at home, the spa, by the pool or at the beach, you can wear it, change in it, lay on it or just use it to dry off. Other modifications of the towel are well known. However, all of these towels either use buttons, straps or fasteners to keep the towel from falling off one’s body. The Wearable Towel on the other hand, does not employ the use of any fastener whatsoever. This novel configuration is patent-pending worldwide, currently available in five sizes and comes in red, white and blue. The Wearable Towel is 100% cotton, with each square yard weighing a full 16 ounces. Increase your standard of living by upgrading to the Wearable Towel today.

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission Hosts Second Summit to Improve Internet Access in Texas Public Libraries


San Antonio, TX (Vocus) November 20, 2009

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission assembled more than 270 public library leaders, community supporters, broadband providers, and local and state leaders for Texas second Opportunity Online Broadband Summit on November 18 -19, 2009, in San Antonio, to discuss how to improve and sustain high speed Internet access in the Texas public libraries.

Summit participants had the opportunity to build upon the work from the previous summit to further ensure that all Texas public libraries have a meaningful broadband connection. The Texas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit provides an opportunity to understand the value of community partnerships and the possibilities of technology as well as in-depth discussion about possible connectivity solutions and next steps necessary to reach improved connectivity speed.

Currently, more than 200 Texas public library systems lack Internet connections fast enough to meet the most basic needs of patrons, and many more report speeds that are inadequate to meet the true demand of their community. Ironically, some of these public libraries offer the only technology lifeline to their communities.

Both Texas summits were sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its pilot Opportunity Online broadband grant program. Texas, along with six other states, was invited to participate. The grant program supports public libraries as they seek to improve their broadband connectivity and calls for a broadband sustainability strategy, to be developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to ensure that public libraries continue to improve and maintain adequate connectivity for patrons

The summit included a comprehensive analysis of Texas current broadband climate and the future of technology access in Texas public libraries. Stephen Abram, a library futurist, spoke about future library services and applications driven by technology that will influence how Americans use computers and the Internet, and why reliable, sustainable broadband connections in libraries will be essential to ensure library patrons can use these programs to improve their lives.

Keynote speaker Graham Richard, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and partner of public libraries, highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships on the local and state level to prioritize funding for improved connectivity in public libraries.

Peggy Rudd, Texas State Library and Archives Commissions director and state librarian, led the summit and represented the agency.

Every day we are reminded of the value of Texas public libraries, Rudd said. Todays public libraries continue to provide traditional services, but a growing number of patrons depend on library Internet access to apply for jobs, further their education, run businesses or stay connected with families and friends. This summit and grant program will help meet these increasing personal and community needs better by improving library connection speeds.

Building on dialogue and ideas generated at the summit, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is currently working with an advisory group including Commissioner Todd Staples of the Texas Department of Agriculture, former Governor Mark White, and Texas State Library and Archives Commission Chairman Sandra J. Pickett to develop a strategy to increase and sustain broadband connections in all Texas public libraries. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will now work with libraries across the state to support their Internet connectivity upgrade and create a long-term state sustainability strategy.

The summit highlights the vital role libraries play in connecting communities to information and knowledge through technology, said Jill Nishi, deputy director of U.S. Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What is needed now is long-term collaboration among government, business, communities, and library leaders to ensure that public libraries can continue to provide the high-speed Internet access their patrons need to improve their lives and thrive.

Connected Nation worked closely with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to support the event development and execution. For more information about the Texas Opportunity Online Summit, please contact 1-866-882-3081 or tx2summit@opportunityonline.org.

Photo Information:

OO1: Margarita Dominguez of the Hill County Telephone Coop leads a table discussion on sustainable broadband and the role of emerging technology. She is joined by (L to R) Merla Watson, Library Director, Dickens County Spur Public Library; and Joyce Howze, Spur Main Street Program.

OO2: Peggy Rudd, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission opens a panel discussion moderated by Jim Nelson former Kentucky State Librarian and Commissioner of the Department for Libraries and Archives, KDLA. Panelists (L to R) include Jim Nelson; Dr. Phil Turner; Anne Barker, Director of Nacogdoches Public Library; and Karen Vargas, MLS, National Network of Librarians of Medicine, South Central Region.

OO3: Former Texas Governor Mark White speaks with Peggy Rudd, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and other Opportunity Online summit attendees.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people especially those with the fewest resources have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. More information is available at http://www.gatesfoundation.org.

About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to preserve the record of government for public scrutiny, to secure and make accessible historically significant records and other valuable resources, to meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities, to build and sustain statewide partnerships to improve library programs and services, and to enhance the capacity for achievement of individuals and institutions with whom we work. Since 1909, TSLAC has carried out a commitment of making information work for all Texans by providing history and genealogical services, federal and state government documents, electronic research, and library services. TSLAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For more information, go to http://www.tsl.state.tx.us or e-mail pio@tsl.state.tx.us.

About Connected Nation

Connected Nation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that expands access to and use of broadband Internet and the related technologies that are enabled when individuals and communities have the opportunity and desire to connect. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology availability and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered around a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. Connected Nation is also working with technology leaders to implement Every Citizen OnlineSM, a public-private partnership program to enable computer own

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You want to get on Page One Google and Page One Bing and Page One Yahoo – the three major search engines at this time……and most importantly, you want to have a site that converts your visitors to customers. Right?

You have a killer website, great content and precisely targeted SEO planning with implementation (I call these the 3 Kings) But are they enough? If you do it right, the 3 Kings will include results in converting your visitors to paying customers.

Your internet marketing, like your other sources of advertising, should pay for itself, otherwise, why do it?
Now I know companies like Geico who spend over 70% of their income on ads to build a brand…….they have unlimited sources and are trying to get a name in the market, not unlike CocaCola has done. (Interesting note is that both Geico and CocaCola are owned by Warren Buffett who said of Coke’s branding, “If you had a hundred million dollars to spend on ads, I don’t think you could match Coke’s market penetration”).

We’re not talking about brand building here……we’re talking about being first to the market and capturing the customers! The internet is different than the outside world of interruptive marketing (radio, tv, billboards, etc.) It is a marketplace of directness, one where people are already looking for very specific information, products, and services.

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Getting to the top of page one Google and the other major search engines for your product entails exact strategies, SEO work and Internet Marketing that should pay for itself.

You have all the bells and whistles and the sizzle, and now, at the end of the day, it is still all about the steak and how many orders you get, how many leads were generated and how many prospects are in the pipeline.

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Learn How To Become Wealthy – Debunking Instant Internet Wealth Myth

A true story about wealth accumulation.

One day to my very own surprise, a relative of mine told me that I was rich! No, I had not inherited a fortune from some deceased uncle, or won the lottery, no such luck. But, I was driving a brand new Porsche 911 one of two I owned. I became a pilot and purchased an airplane. I took vacations to distant, exotic places…she was right, my mother was right! How did this happen? Was it instant internet wealth?

We need to get one thing out of the way first, In My Humble Opinion, there really is no such thing as instant internet wealth. In fact even winning the lottery or inheriting wealth are not instant. So let’s settle down and get a grip. This crazy idea that anyone can become instantly rich has never, to my knowledge, happened in recorded history. Someone, somewhere, had to create that wealth in the first place. However, it does happen from time to time in fairy tales.

Ignore the hype about instant internet wealth, or any other kind of instant wealth…

Among the many things that being wealthy has allowed me to do is become a certified private pilot, now that’s a story for a future article. The point is that flying really is a complicated endeavor, but by breaking the process down into its logical steps, we make it a manageable and even enjoyable experience. Building wealth is no different, we can analyze it and determine the rules for success. By practicing these rules and conducting your life by them, you too can become wealthy. No one showed me how to become wealthy, but maybe I can show you.

The first rule of building wealth is to live well within your means.

Never spend more than you make, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS! So either, we have to earn more than we spend or, spend less than we are making. We must establish a balance. Do we really NEED that new big screen TV right away? If you have to buy it on credit, I guarantee you, you don’t NEED it! Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world still lives in the house he bought back in the 1950’s! Need I say more?

It’s kinda funny, I never had time to watch TV! I was to busy learning how to become wealthy without even knowing it. That’s part of the secret, don’t let anything or anyone STEAL your precious, valuable time. You actually start to create wealth the moment you start being in YOUR moment, not someone else’s.

 

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Celebrity Charity Auctions Gain New Life On Internet

Many companies competed to put charity auctions on the Web during the first Internet boom. An online auction opens up the bidding to a wider audience and takes up less time and space.

Charities have long sold items owned by celebrities, but eBay and the Internet have pumped new life into this fund-raising technique.

Warren Buffett is auctioning his 2001 Lincoln Town Car on eBay Inc.’s Web site to benefit a nonprofit group that offers educational and recreational programs for girls.
The auction has started on 12th of September with an opening bid of $25,000. This eBay auction would be the third this year for the 75-year-old Buffett. In June, he auctioned a steakhouse lunch for up to eight people to a Palo Alto, California investor for $620,100. In May, a Buffett-autographed ukulele went for $11,211.11.

Last year, the actor George Clooney gave his Oscar gift bag to United Way for Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery. At auction, it raised $45,100.

In 2001, Leno auctioned off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by his celebrity guests in an effort to help victims of the September 11 attacks. The bike sold for about $360,000. In 2005, he repeated the gesture twice: early in the year to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake the bike sold for $810,000; and later to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. That bike sold for $1,505,100.

Since 2000, more than $81 million has been raised for charity on eBay from regular vendors committing a part of their sales to nonprofit groups and by charities selling items directly. On any given day, more than 8,000 such sales are going on.
For the conventional sellers standard fees are charged. But under a new policy effective Oct. 1, the fees will be returned to them in direct proportion to the percentage of the final sales value they have pledged to donate.

There are no fees for nonprofits selling items on eBay.

It seems that through the Internet, charitable causes and events are pumped with new energy and accessibility, allowing this fund-raising technique to become more widely recognizable and increasing “returns exponentially.”

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