New York State Library Broadband Summit June 3 & 4


The State Library is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host a Broadband Summit on June 3 and 4 at the Sagamore Conference Center in Bolton Landing as part of the State Library’s participation in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Broadband Grant Program.  The purpose of the summit is to develop a sustainability plan that will enable New York State libraries to better serve library patrons with improved broadband connectivity.  The Summit will bring together public libraries, local and statewide influencers and state agencies with the objective of making the general public and state lawmakers aware of the need for adequate broadband in New York’s public libraries.  To achieve this, the Summit will:

  • Provide an opportunity for libraries and influencers to collaborate around the need for improved connectivity and approaches towards sustainability;
  • Help local libraries explore strategies to fund and sustain improved connectivity and to understand their role in the statewide strategic plan;
  • Initiate strategic plans to build the statewide infrastructure for improved broadband; and
  • Develop tools to communicate the importance of improved connectivity to NY State constituents, including policy makers.

More information about the New York State Library’s participation in
the Opportunity Online Broadband Grant Program is found at:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/gateslib/broadbnd/

Please contact Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist and
Opportunity Online grant project director, by calling 518 486-4858 or by
email at:  mtodd@mail.nysed.gov .

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