Get Connected: Transforming PA Libraries Through Broadband Opportunities

Get Connected: Transforming PA Libraries Through Broadband Opportunities
Nov. 28, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Schlow Center Region Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA

Audience: Library Directors, Librarians, Library Consultants, Colleges and Universities, IT Support Staff, Community Stakeholders   

KINBER, along with Schlow Centre Region Library, were pleased to host Get Connected: Transforming PA Libraries Through Broadband Opportunities  on Tues. Nov. 28th at Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, PA.

The event was free and open to all libraries, colleges and universities, and members of the community interested in learning more about what’s happening in Pennsylvania and across the country to help libraries get the broadband access, education, funding, and training opportunities they need. Attendees of the event:

• Heard from KINBER, the Pennsylvania State Research, Education, and Community Network in Pennsylvania about the PennREN broadband network infrastructure in PA and connectivity options for libraries.

• Received info on the “Toward Gigabit Libraries Broadband Toolkit” available for rural libraries newly being piloted in Pennsylvania through a partnership between U.S. UCAN/Internet2, KINBER, and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

• Learned about emerging technologies such as TV Whitespace (TVWS) and others that are helping to increase digital inclusion and close the “homework gap” with libraries as the hub serving their communities through strategic partnerships and innovative community-led programs.

• Heard how to get a Library Network Assessment and available support for your library.

• Received info on what other “gigabit” libraries are doing across the country with community programming and advanced applications.

• Received an update on E-Rate for Libraries and how changes at the FCC and USAC may impact libraries applications for funding.

• Learned about  funding and grant opportunities through agencies such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NSF/MozillaUS Ignite, and others.

Archived presentations and materials coming soon.

Note: Those who attended the day of training were eligible to earn 3.5 continuing education credits.