Libraries are working with government agencies and nonprofits to connect people to the digital world. From the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s ConnectHome effort to the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program to citywide digital inclusion initiatives, libraries are playing leadership roles in connecting low-income Americans online. Policy and library leaders will discuss public policy options and share exemplars of how libraries and allies are expanding digital opportunities at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
During the conference session “Addressing Digital Disconnect for Low-Income Americans,” leaders will explore efforts to connect disadvantaged Americans to the digital world. The session takes place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center in Room W103A.
Session speakers include Veronica Creech, chief programs officer of EveryoneOn; Felton Thomas, director of the Cleveland Public Library and president-elect of the Public Library Association (PLA); and Lauren Wilson, legal advisor to the Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, will moderate the program.