Digital navigators are trained, trusted guides who help deal with a variety of technology needs. Navigators work in libraries or community organizations as you can see from the directory page. They 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:
The program is administered by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (Southeastern) and supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has provided the New York State Library with $6.2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through the LSTA Grants to States Program. The State Library has allocated $5,514,315 of these federal funds to New York State’s nine regional Reference and Research Library Resources Councils for collaborative regional projects that will advance digital equity, encourage library/museum partnerships, and expand student access to digital resources.
Southeastern’s allocation will be for projects that address the three required project components:
More information on each of these funding areas is available in the libguide tabs.
The State Library posted ARPA Library Subawards Guidelines, which outline the requirements for Southeastern and any member that participates in the projects.