The digital divide still exists in our communities, especially among the poor, the indigent, New Americans, and others on the margins of society. Although progress has been made, what is the current situation nationally, and how does that compare with Florida communities? What are libraries doing to bridge the gap? What questions should you be asking regarding your community’s situation, and what could be your library’s role in improving access?

During this session, we will explore the politics of bandwidth; who needs help and why; the challenges of multiple hardware and software configurations; not everyone will drive a car or change their own oil, either; what about mobile devices, and is it enough to turn on the wifi?

Inventory your community’s public digital assets.
Update your library’s strategic and technology plans to align with your community’s digital assets or lack thereof.
Explore how to partner with public, private, and nonprofit organizations intent on improving bandwidth and digital resources for everyone.

Original broadcast September 2, 2020 

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.