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Webinar: delivering digital literacy programs through ConnectHomeUSA

In 2015, ALA joined an emerging initiative, spearheaded by ConnectHomeUSA (formerly ConnectHome Nation), to deliver tailored, on-site digital literacy programming and resources to public housing residents. As part of the initiative, local public libraries from 27 cities and one tribal nation provided tools and training to help residents maximize broadband access to advance job skills, complete homework assignments, pursue online learning, and protect their privacy and security of personal information as they expand their online lives.

ConnectHomeUSA connects community leaders, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private industry to provide free or low-cost broadband access, devices, and digital literacy training. The goal is to extend affordable access to low-income families, ensuring that high-speed internet follows America’s children from their classrooms back to their homes.

Today, ConnectHomeUSA is in its second iteration and ALA has reaffirmed its commitment as a national partner. Together we are seeking libraries to join in the 27 new communities they are working in this year. This Friday, ALA and ConnectHomeUSA will host a webinar for those who would like to learn more about helping residents in participating communities to get connected at home and making public housing a platform for change.

Please register for ConnectHomeUSA webinar on Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. to learn more. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

While anyone is welcome to join the webinar to learn more, we are specifically looking for libraries in the following areas:

  1. Akron, OH
  2. Brownsville, TX
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Choctaw Tribe of AL
  5. Detroit, MI
  6. Edinburg, TX
  7. New Haven, CT
  8. Goldsboro, NC
  9. Greensboro, NC
  10. North Little Rock, AR
  11. Louisville, KY
  12. Lumbee Tribe of NC
  13. Pasco County, FL
  14. Phoenix, AZ
  15. Pittsburgh, PA
  16. Ponca Tribe of NE
  17. Portland, OR
  18. Prichard, AL
  19. Renton, WA
  20. Rhode Island
  21. Salt Lake City, UT
  22. San Joaquin County, CA
  23. Sanford, NC
  24. Las Vegas, NV
  25. Westmoreland County, PA
  26. Wilson, NC
  27. Winnebago County, IL

ALA is proud to be a partner in realizing a shared vision to empower more people to thrive online through ConnectHomeUSA. Register here to join us on Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. to learn more.

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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