Celebrate Digital Inclusion Week!

Last year, we celebrated digital inclusion week by releasing TSLAC’s Digital Inclusion Statement. This year, we want to encourage you to consider ways you’re helping your patrons connect with affordable technology once they leave the library.

For a quick recap, here’s are the five elements of digital inclusion according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance:

  • affordable, robust broadband internet service
  • internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user
  • access to digital literacy training
  • quality technical support
  • applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration.

Libraries are digital inclusion champions in ensuring that their patrons have access to these five essentials while they’re in the library, but what about when they leave the library? Many libraries have helped patrons bridge the internet service access and affordability gap by lending WiFi hotspots, while others accompany those hotspots with devices like laptops or tablets. But how can libraries go further?

Join the Arizona State Library’s Digital Inclusion Librarian and TSLAC’s Digital Inclusion Consultant for a short webinar entitled Affordable Tech: Discount Internet & Devices for Your Library Patrons to find out more.

Day: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm CST
Description: Public libraries have long been involved in providing access to the internet and to technology for their communities, but in today‚Äôs increasingly online world, patrons still need access after the library has closed. For low-income households and homes of residents aged 65 and older, one access barrier may be affordability of service, not only availability. Tune in to this informative webinar to learn about discount internet & device offers that are available for your library patrons. 

This webinar is a part of Digital Inclusion Week (October 7-11, 2019). DIW aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. DIW2019 is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance representing more than 350 affiliated organizations in 44 states working toward digital equity.

This is an Arizona State Library webinar so please register at
https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/libdev/affordabletech




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