Your Name and Title: Betsey Suchanic (Senior Program Manager)


Library, School, or Organization Name: Urban Libraries Council


Co-Presenter Name(s): Lourdes Aceves (Director, Edge) 


Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States (EST)


Language in Which You Will Present: English


Target Audience(s): Public Library Leadership and Staff


Short Session Description (one line): Explore how libraries build pathways to digital access in their local communities through this discussion on the various ways to understand and visualize digital access in your community, including measures of broadband access, device access and digital literacy.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):


The digital divide and equity gaps exposed by COVID-19 will remain in the post-pandemic world. Data-driven decision-making is key to addressing digital access gaps. This session will include how public libraries have addressed connectivity gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore new ways to understand, map, and visualize digital access locally. The session will build library staff capacity to use various data sources to calculate the three key elements that define digital access: broadband/Internet access, device access, and digital literacy.  


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