Building for the Future Today: Broadband Planning
Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 708/710/712
Representatives from state library agencies, network managers, IT directors, and library consortia will share lessons learned that will help you plan a successful broadband upgrade. We will take into consideration planning, implementation, assessment, and the different challenges for urban and suburban vs. rural and small libraries in attempting to bridge the digital divide for all users.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Know how to assess the needs of your community, the amount of broadband available, and whether or not the price is right. 2: Have examples of planning, implementation, and assessment stages. 3: Be able to discern the different challenges for urban and suburban vs. rural and small libraries in attempting to bridge the digital divide for all users.
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
Handouts: Download 1
Tags: Administration/Management, Hot Topics, Legislation, Strategic Planning, Technology, Transforming Libraries
Wendy Knapp, Associate Director of Statewide Library Services
Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN
Emily Almond, Director, IT
Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta, GA
Emily started her library career as an "Information Wrangler" for CNN. She went on to manage the ILS and InfoCommons for Emory University and from there, she moved to the Atlanta Journal Constitution | ajc.com to be an Information Architect & Project Manager. Emily started her work at GPLS as a software development project manager and is now the Director of IT.
Marijke Visser, Associate Director, ALA OITP - Office for Information Technology Policy
ALA OITP - Office for Information Technology Policy, Chicago, IL
Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA's work on E-rate. She is also co-chair of the Edlinc Coalition, the primary coalition promoting E-rate policy for libraries and schools at the national level. In addition to E-rate, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP's emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.