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Digital Conversations

A collaboration between the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

 “At a time when almost 60% of Texans experience some sort of digital distress, libraries hold a unique and powerful role in helping to bridge the digital divide.” -TSLAC, “Texas Public Libraries”   

Digital Inclusion: Conversations with Civic Leaders for Community Digital Success

What: TLA is hosting a series of community conversations around Texas – focused on narrowing the digital divide for all Texans. We seek to cultivate community-based partnerships between municipalities, their public libraries and other local service providers to enhance the critical resources of digital access, digital literacy and digital inclusion efforts for education, health, and workforce development.

Our partners in this effort are the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Municipal League, TLA District Leaders

Why: To bring digital navigation solutions to regions of Texas that need it the most. Map of internet coverage by county

Cost: Free; RSVP for the session you plan to attend at least five (5) business days before the event.

RSVP

Who’s invited?  You are! If you are curious about or involved in expanding digital access or literacy and the role that libraries can play in this effort, we’d love to have you participate. We’d especially like to see librarians, civic leaders, broadband suppliers, and workforce advocates as part of this conversation. We’ll discuss how to build and strengthen relationships to better serve our communities.
Upcoming Digital Conversations

Please RSVP with the link above.

Date and time, location Speakers

May 9, 2024

9:30 – 11:30am

Brazosport Center for the Arts
400 College Blvd.
Clute, Texas

 

Moderator:
Henry Stokes, Digital Opportunity Program Coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives
Panelists:
Ana Frade, Project Coordinator, Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy, Houston Public Library
Lisa Loranc, Library Director, Brazoria County Public Library
Andrea Pacheco and Lauren Weber, Digital Opportunity Outreach Coordinator, Texas Broadband Development Office
Lakisha Bates, Director of Professional Skills Development, The Next Steps, Inc.

May 31, 2024

9:30 – 11:30am

Sul Ross Library
400 N. Harrison St.
Alpine, Texas

Entrance 3, room WML201

TBA

June 7, 2024

9:30 – 11:30am

The Forum
2120 Speedway Ave.
Wichita Falls, TX

TBA

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