Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Strategies for Advancing Digital Equity Now
More than 20 million people lack home broadband access at a time when virtually every aspect of our lives has a digital component. Public libraries have long been part of a digital equity solution with devices, internet access and technology training. What are libraries doing while our buildings are closed, and the need is greater than ever for people who are digitally disconnected? Speakers will share strategies ranging from amplifying WiFi signals to deploying mobile hotspots to mapping and publicizing public WiFi access.
- Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library Examples:
- Arkansas River Valley Regional Library Examples:
- Georgia State Library Examples:
- Help for patrons to get low- or no-cost technology access:
- E-rate and Universal Service (ALA Advocacy & Public Policy)
- Chat Transcript (PDF)
Betsy Fowler, Director, Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library
Misty Hawkins, Director, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library
Julie Walker, Georgia State Librarian
Larra Clark, PLA Deputy Director
Originally presented April 23, 2020.