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Thursday, November 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Membership Meeting: Digital Equity Update

We’ve addressed digital equity with you before, via SWON weekly and in a webinar after Melanie had the chance to attend the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s (NDIA) first summit in Kansas City. It remains an important issue: over half of rural Americans lack broadband access.  And as we noted before, Connect Ohio’s data shows that Southwest Ohio is hardly immune to the problem. Many of us, including in urban areas, still lack the means -- be those financial or actual physical cable – in an increasingly digital world.

Of particular concern is the so-called “homework gap.” What to do when more schools are requiring digital components to their after school work. Sure, many of them provide the iPads as part of popular one-to-one initiatives, but all the tablet computers in the world are of no use without the internet connections with which to use them.

Public libraries, of course, have seen this in action. Many of those patrons come to you because the lack internet at home. Your Wi-Fi use is skyrocketing. Mobile access is becoming increasingly important. And there are many ways we, and this includes libraries of all types, can help more by providing more Wi-Fi access, lending out Wi-Fi hotspots, or providing Wi-Fi on bookmobiles.

Our December Membership Meeting is coming right up – December 1st will be here before you know it! This meeting provides you with a chance to meet with your Special Interest Groups (SIGs), enjoy lunch and network, and learn a little more about who we at SWON are and what we do. This fall, we are also pleased to offer you the opportunity to hear from Angela Siefer, Director of the NDIA.

Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. Since 1997, she has worked on digital inclusion issues with local community organizations, the National Telecommunications Information Administration, state governments, and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition.

Angela will give us an update on Federal Agency rulings and their meanings as well as how some telecommunications companies and non-profits are working together to address digital equity issues around the country.

So register today for our Membership Meeting and enjoy the chance to catch up with colleagues and with the news on digital inclusion. Lunch is provided and there will be an opportunity to vote on our 2017 budget. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

Join us as we network, catch up with colleagues, find out what SWON Libraries has been doing and what we have planned. Get the latest on the digital equity front as we hear from Angela Siefer, Director of the Digital Inclusion Alliance.

Thursday, December 1st
10:00am - 3:30pm
The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati
8845 Governor's Hill Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249


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PCI Webinar - Cosplay Programming for Teens

Learn about several ways to program around cosplay for teens, how to invite local cosplayers to your programs, include cosplay and other pop culture materials in your collection development, and how to work cosplay into your other library programs!PCI Webinar with Eden Grey Cosplay Programming for Teens Thursday, November 17th from 2:00 to 3:00pm Eastern Competency: Young Adult Services Sub-Topic: Young Adult Programming Cosplay as a pop culture interest and hobby has taken the world.

Thursday, November 17th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$40 for everyone else


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