Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries
If we are intentional, we can use these circumstances to grow our organizations and to address the digital access disparities in small and rural communities. A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL.
Opportunity often hides behind adversity. As libraries look to a future of post-pandemic challenges, from looming budget cuts to increasingly urgent community needs, David Lankes, in The "New Normal" Agenda for Librarianship, encourages us to consider framing the positive opportunities, rather than loss, in the changes that lie ahead. If we are intentional, we can use these circumstances to grow our organizations and to address the digital access disparities in small and rural communities. This presentation will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Presented by: Dianne Connery, Director, Pottsboro Area Public Library, Texas.
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- Association for Rural & Small Libraries
- Dianne's recent presentation at Library 2.020 mini-conference, Connecting the Community - Digital Inclusion
- Big Talk from Small Libraries 2016 conference presentation, Flip The Script: Changing the Direction of the Library
- Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Consumer Reports, April 29, 2020, featuring Pottsboro
- A Spotlight on Texas Libraries: Pottsboro Library’s Community Outreach, Texas Book Festival, March 18, 2019
- Pottsboro Area Public Library was a Library Journal Best Small Library Finalist in 2017
06 August 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
Dianne Connery webinar presenter