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Getting connected with Google Fiber at Midwinter 2017

In the ICYMI file, take note of a session newly added to OITP’s lineup at Midwinter – Getting Connected with Google Fiber: Libraries Leading the Way to Digital Inclusion.

Using the internet is obviously not just a matter of a connection. Library professionals know very well that many people in their communities struggle to gain access to online resources and turn to the library for help finding health information, employment, education opportunities, government services and connecting with family or friends far away. Libraries are emerging as a key community platform for digital inclusion – one that is critical in surmounting the gap in digital equity and literacy while simultaneously moving communities forward (see our Digital Inclusion issue brief for more details, including data from the Digital Inclusion Survey).Google fiber logo - colorful houses and rainbow bunny rabbit

At this new Midwinter session, learn about what some libraries are doing to make sure their communities are digitally inclusive through the Google Fiber work underway in cities across the country. Join Google Fiber Community Impact Manager Fabiola Charles Stokes as she moderates a panel that will discuss how libraries are serving as hubs for digital inclusion and developing partnerships promoting digital literacy. Panelists include:

  • Frank Blair, Director of Technology and Operations, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library;
  • Emma Hernandez, Digital Inclusion Fellow, San Antonio Public Library;
  • Shauna Edson, Digital Inclusion Fellow, Salt Lake City Public Library; and
  • Daynise Joseph, Community Impact Manager, Nashville Public Library.

Bring your own experiences and questions to this session on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM in the Georgia World Congress Center, A315.

See you there!

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Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

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