$342,487 of the ARPA grant funds have been allocated for projects aimed at "advancing digital inclusion in collaboration with public library systems and public libraries".
Southeastern is implementing two projects in partnership with the Mid-Hudson Library System and the Ramapo Catskill Library System. The selected projects will empower Hudson Valley libraries with new tools to reach residents in need of technology services. These projects include The Digital Navigators of the Hudson Valley Project and The Beyond the Library WiFi Access Project. See the boxes below for more details.
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The Digital Navigators of the Hudson Valley project will train workers at libraries and community-based organizations to provide resources for them to have the capacity to offer Digital Navigator services in their libraries.
Digital navigators assist anyone in need with using a device, securing free or low-cost internet service, and much more. This service is free.
Digital navigators can help you connect to low-cost internet service and learn to use a device so you can:
Learn more at www.hvconnected.org
The Beyond the Library WiFi Access project will extend the wireless internet signal at participating libraries to reach up to 300 feet beyond the walls of the library. In more densely populated neighborhoods, the WiFi may extend beyond library property into nearby homes and businesses.
Are you ready to increase your awareness and understanding of digital inclusion? The New York State Library and National Digital Inclusion Alliance are holding a 6-part webinar training series, Digital Inclusion: What Every Library Needs to Know, that begins in November. These sessions are an excellent opportunity to start your journey to becoming a Digital Navigator.
Check out our Libguide page for descriptions and a registration link for each training.