[Libs-Or] [WEBINAR EVENT] - Discussion of New America report "Public Libraries and the Pandemic", Mon., 3/22/2021, 10am PT

Perry Stokes director at bakerlib.org
Thu Mar 18 16:30:20 PDT 2021

Interesting panel discussion event next Monday morning.  Registration is



[ONLINE] - Public Libraries and the Pandemic : Digital Shifts and
Disparities to Overcome


via @newamerica


Mar. 22, 2021

10:00 am - 11:30 pm Pacific Time


A new report from New America, Public Libraries and the Pandemic: Digital
Shifts and Disparities to Overcome, explores the impact that the COVID-19
pandemic has had on public libraries and the ways people access information
online. The pandemic has exacerbated divides that have long determined who
can access resources online and how, making it harder than ever for those
who need critical information and library services the most. New America's
report, which includes data from a survey of 2,620 U.S. adults, shows that
people are shifting toward the use of online resources at their libraries
and feel positively about them. Yet it also shows that others are unaware
of, or are experiencing challenges in using, those materials. This is
particularly true among people of color, people in low-income households,
and those who do not have adequate access to the internet at home.


Join us to unpack these findings, discuss innovative programs that libraries
are developing to address these issues, and highlight policies that support
more equitable access.


Follow the conversation @NewAmericaEd and @OTI and via
#LibrariesDigitalShift on Twitter.


Agenda (all times listed in Eastern Time):


1:00 PM - Welcome & Opening Remarks

.         Lisa Guernsey, Director of Teaching, Learning & Tech, New America

.         Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan


1:05 PM - Findings from the Study

.         Lisa Guernsey, Director of Teaching, Learning & Tech, New America

.         Sabia Prescott, Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New

.         Claire Park, Program Associate, Open Technology Institute, New


1:20 PM - Panel 1: Responses to the Report

.         John B. Horrigan, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

.         John Bracken, Executive Director, Digital Public Library of

.         Jean-Claude Brizard, President and CEO, Digital Promise

.         Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director, American Libraries Association

.         Kelvin Watson, Director, Las Vegas-Clark County District Library


1:50 PM - Q&A


1:55 PM - Panel 2: Innovations and Policy Recommendations

.         Linda Poon of Bloomberg CityLab (moderator)

.         Paolo Balboa, Program Manager, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

.         Jenny Gerami-Markham, Assistant Director, Catawba County Public
Library, North Carolina

.         Anita Jennings, Acting Director, Newport News Public Library,

.         Michelle Jeske, President of the Public Libraries Association and
Director, Denver Public Library, Colorado


2:20 PM - Q&A


2:27 PM - Upcoming Opportunities


2:30 PM - Conclude



Perry Stokes | Library Director

Baker County Library District | 2400 Resort St | Baker City, OR 97814

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