Technology Transforms Communities
The Office for Diversity, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has initiated a new project, Technology Transforms Communities. Through this project we are piloting enhancements to the Spectrum Scholarship Program that will better incorporate technology into Spectrum’s leadership development offerings. We seek to develop a cohort of Spectrum alumni and new scholars with sophisticated technological skills and experience in leading technology policy and decision-making to serve as information technology trainers and advocates in traditionally underserved communities.
Archived Webinars in this Series
- National Broadband, Communications Legislation, and Libraries (originally recorded on 4/18/2012). About the presenters: Karen Perry is a Senior Program Officer for the U.S. Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Larra Clark is Director, Program on Networks & Associate Director, Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century in ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, she can be reached at email@example.com. Marijke Visser is Assistant Director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Results, Trends, and Resources (originally recorded on 3/13/2012). About the presenters: John Bertot is the Co-Director of the Information Policy & Access Center at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, he can be reached at email@example.com. Judy Hoffman is a Project Director in ALA’s Office for Research & Statistics, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the PLFTAS Study can be found at www.plinternetsurvey.org and www.ala.org/plinternetfunding.
- Smartphones in Libraries: How to Take Charge of Delivering Mobile Services to Your Patrons (originally recorded on 2/15/2012). About the presenters: Stephen X. Flynn is a 2009 Spectrum Scholar and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster Andrews Library, he can be reached at email@example.com. Jamal L. Cromity is a 1998 Spectrum Scholar and UX Specialist of Platform Management at ProQuest Dialog, he can be reached at Jamal.Cromity@dialog.com.
- Engaging Under-served Users With Your Digital Initiatives (originally recorded on 11/15/2011). About the presenters: Angela Nolet is a 2000 Spectrum Scholar and the Online Services Project Specialist/Children's Librarian at King County Library System, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rebecca “Nicci” Westbrook is a 2009 Spectrum Scholar and the Coordinator of Digital Operations for the University of Houston Libraries, she can be reached at rnwestb@Central.UH.EDU.
Presenting in this Series
For the most part, we are relying on the expertise of our alumni community to develop our technology and advocacy training. Special thanks to Stephen X. Flynn--2009 Spectrum Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster--for serving as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Technology Transforms Communities initiative. Please contact Steve at email@example.com for more information.