Upcoming webinar offers guidance on starting a WiFi hotspot lending program at the library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/09/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)


CHICAGO -- Last month, PLA announced a new project, supported by Microsoft Corp., called DigitalLead: Rural Libraries Creating New Possibilities, which seeks to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills training and resources to rural libraries, helping rural populations reap the benefits of broadband internet connectivity.

As part of the DigitalLead project, PLA will present a free webinar offering tools and resources to help public library staff start a WiFi hotspot lending program at their institutions. Participants will hear from two public library staff members who will share insights about their libraries’ processes, policies, challenges, and more. This webinar, DigitalLead: Hotspot Lending at Your Library, will be held 1-2 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, July 30. The webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the need for increasing access to broadband connectivity to achieve better community learning and health outcomes;
  • Take advantage of free resources and tools to assist libraries in developing their own hotspot lending program; and
  • Explore strategies for building partnerships to increase awareness of and to sustain their hotspot lending program.

Click here to learn more and register.

PLA thanks Microsoft Corp. for its support of this webinar and the DigitalLead project.

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About DigitalLead

PLA and Microsoft Corp. are helping rural populations reap the benefits of broadband internet connectivity. Now through August 30, PLA is accepting applications from public libraries in select rural counties so they can establish mobile hotspot lending programs and expand digital skills training programs and patron access to computers. Visit the DigitalLead site to review the criteria and determine if your library is eligible.

    About the Public Library Association
    The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.