Building Digitally Inclusive Communities
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 108/110/112
Libraries have done tremendous work to provide Internet access to their communities. In fact, in 2/3 of US towns, libraries are the only source of no-fee Internet access. But there is more libraries can do to help build digitally inclusive communities. Learn how libraries can support new hotspots in key locations in your community thanks to the power of TV white spaces, how libraries are increasing Internet access by lending mobile hotspots and devices, and how one city is converting old pay phones with free public Wi-Fi kiosks.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Understand the barriers to building a more digitally inclusive community
2: Hear about the basics of expanding Wi-Fi access using TV white spaces and collaborating with community partners to determine the best locations for library hotspots
3: Learn more about lending mobile hotspots and devices
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Gigabit Libraries Network, ,
With over 25 years experience in ICT, ?Means initiated the "Fiber to the Library" campaign in 2007 and in 2012 founded the Gigabit Libraries Network.Launched the Libraries WhiteSpace Pilot in 2013 to advocate for library community leadership in utilizing new long range license free spectrum to dramatically expand access to library WiFi.Founding Chairman, the SHLB Coalition. Trustee, Sausalito Public Library.?Member of 1993 Atrium Group, advising Librarian of Congress on digitization strategies.
Kerry Ingersoll, IT Manager
Manhattan (KS) Public Library, ,
Information Technology Manager at Manhattan Public Library.
Richard Kong, Deputy Director
Skokie Public Library, ,
Kelvin Watson, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer
Queens Library, ,
Kelvin Watson is the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Queens Library. Kelvin leads the development and implementation of system-wide library IT and content (physical, digital, databases, etc.), e-user experience, e-programs and special services by working across the organization, across the library field and across related industries to create new models of content delivery to public library customers.