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ARPA Awards for Southeastern Members 2021 - 2022: State Library Webinars

FREE Webinar Series: Digital Inclusion: What Every Library Needs to Know!

Please join the New York State Library and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) for a series of information-rich training webinars aimed at increasing awareness and providing a deeper understanding of digital inclusion across New York State’s libraries and library systems.

Trainings in this series will include addressing digital equity barriers, building partnerships and coalitions, developing digital navigator programs, and collecting, analyzing, and using local data to conduct asset mapping. See below for more detailed information about webinar topics and dates or visit the New York State Library website for more information about recent and ongoing digital equity initiatives.

This training is intended for library workers from all types of libraries and their digital inclusion partners from other sectors, including schools and community based organizations.


Training Schedule:

Digital Equity Barriers and Strategies

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 11:00-12:30 PM Eastern

In this webinar, participants will gain a stronger understanding of digital equity, broadband technology basics, and how the gaps in broadband availability impact broadband options. Presenters will share solutions, including current and potential state and federal funding opportunities.

Event Recording

Slides from the Event


Partnerships and Coalitions

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 11:00-12:30 PM Eastern

Using research-based partnership and coalition models, this webinar will provide New York State regional and local libraries with strategies for developing relationships with community partners to address digital inequities.

Register for Partnerships and Coalitions


Digital Navigators (Parts 1 and 2)

Upon completion of this two-part webinar, participants will gain in-depth knowledge of the Digital Navigator model and its associated tools, its impact, and how this field-tested program can be added to a library’s existing portfolio of services.

Part 1: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11-12:30 PM Eastern

Register for Digital Navigators Part 1

Part 2: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 11-12:30 PM Eastern

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Data Collection and Analysis

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 11-12:30 PM Eastern

Building strong and lasting digital inclusion and digital navigator programs require programmatic data collection, analysis, and management. Participants in this webinar will gain skills in finding and accessing data collection sources.

Register for Data Collection and Analysis


Asset Mapping

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 11-12:30 PM Eastern

Participants in this webinar will learn how to gather local asset information and visualize social characteristics of the digital divide on local, regional, and state levels using publicly available data and analysis tools.

Register for Asset Mapping


Attendance at these webinars is required for any libraries or library systems participating in a Reference and Research Library Resources Councils (3Rs) American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) -funded digital inclusion initiative project. Webinars also count toward public librarian certification professional development requirements.

For any questions about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library with any questions.

Please contact Kristi Zappie-Ferradino, Director of Programs and Initiatives, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, with any questions about the webinars.

The New York State Library works in partnership with the State’s 72 library systems to bring cost-effective, high quality library services to the millions who use New York’s some 7,000 academic, public, school, and special libraries.

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a community of digital inclusion practitioners and advocates working collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs.

Digital Inclusion: What Every Library Needs to Know is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
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Phone: (845) 883-9065