Library 2.021: Libraries as Community Anchors Online Conference – October 21, 2021
Submit a Proposal: https://www.library20.com/
Have you addressed challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy? Have you successfully worked to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access? Do you see your library as a "Community Anchor Institution?" If so, please consider submitting a proposal for this year’s Library 2.0 conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors," which will take place on October 21, 2021. Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal. Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting August 6th, 2021, and closing on September 24th.
The third Library 2.021 mini-conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.
Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access. In this way, libraries exist as important Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs), defined by the FCC “as schools, libraries, hospitals and other medical providers, public safety entities, institutions of higher education, and community support organizations that facilitate greater use of broadband by vulnerable populations, including low-income, the unemployed, and the aged” (FCC, 2011, p. 38). In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as floods, drought, firestorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, universal access to the internet has never been more important. Libraries increasingly have an important role to play: as second responders in large scale events via the development and deployment of collaborative connectivity projects; in developing strategies to bridge technological digital divides; and to promote digital access, equity, opportunity, and inclusion.
Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote.
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This event is being organized in partnership with Don Means, Director of the GIGABIT LIBRARIES NETWORK, and Kristen Radsliff Rebmann, Professor in the School of Information at San José State University.