Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

Patrons using Wi-Fi at the MLK Digital Commons in Washington D.C.

WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 year, there are some changes that you don’t want to miss. You have probably heard there is less money for telephone services this year. Don’t let that get you down! It just means there’s even more money to support broadband access and connectivity. Since we have a legacy of providing access to information to the public that dates back to the earliest days of our national independence, we also know that we often have historical, beautiful buildings that had no way to predict the cabling and WiFi needs of today. The FCC wants to help us get past those and other obstacles, and improve our ability to keep our citizenry informed. In this free webinar, OITP staff and guests will touch on E-rate as a program, but really delve into some tools you want to have handy when you’re filing this year—and in years to come!

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Know about changes to the E-rate program that can help you improve internet access and WiFi connectivity in your library;
  • Have discovered new resources to support you as you navigate the E-rate application process to set yourself up for success; and
  • Understand what you need to have on hand to start filing for FY16.

Who Should Attend

Representatives from any public library planning to file for E-rate funding; Appropriate for those new to E-rate as well as those with previous E-rate experience.

Instructors:

Emily Almond is Director of IT for the Georgia Public Library Service.  After starting her career at CNN, she worked at Emory University as a systems librarian and then at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an archive manager and a project manager for ajc.com. She has experienced the ways in which technology can transform an organization and further, the ways in which quality leadership and smart management can use the right technology in the right instances to achieve strategic goals. Emily holds a B.S. in Journalism from Kennesaw State University and a MLIS from Florida State University.

Amber Gregory has worked with the E-rate program since 2010 as the coordinator of E-rate Services at the Arkansas State Library where she helps public libraries navigate the program. Amber is currently a member of the American Library Association’s E-Rate Task Force.

Wendy Knapp is the associate director of Statewide Services at the Indiana State Library.

Marijke Visser is associate director of ALA’s OITP where she is responsible for broadband adoption and all of ALA’s work on E-rate issues. She came to OITP in 2009 to support a grant project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking at broadband capacity in public libraries. She is also program director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.  She co-chairs the Edlinc Coalition, which promotes 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.

Registration

Cost:  THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED.

You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

REGISTER NOW!  Click Register to continue the online registration process.

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If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least one week prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! Making E-Rate Make Sense registration in WebEx screenshot

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least one week prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the WebEx platform. You may listen to the audio portion of the webinar via your computer’s speakers, headphones plugged into your computer’s audio jack or USB port; or by dialing in with your telephone (your carrier’s charges may apply) or Skype (by following the process outlined by Skype to place calls to land lines). We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room. No microphone is required.

PLEASE NOTE: PLA provides its webinar audio through voice over IP (VoIP), which means the sound comes through speakers or headphones plugged into your computer. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by teleconference via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.

Contact

Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752). For questions about webinar registration, please call 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

About Nancy Gravatt

Nancy Gravatt was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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  1. One of the better items i have read in the week.

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