Leaders Convene to Help Communities Assess Needs for Public Access Technology Responds to Recommendations of the National Broadband Plan

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to announce the selection of the Digital Inclusion Working Group. The working group will meet January 24-26 in Washington, DC and assist in the development of a Framework for Digitally-Inclusive Communities that can be used by local communities to assess their complex needs for public access technology.

The framework is a response to the National Broadband Plan, which recognized the pivotal roles that libraries and community-based organizations play in providing access to high-speed internet. The National Broadband Plan called on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop tools to help communities assess their needs for public access technology. IMLS is working with the University of Washington and the International City/County Management Association to identify the characteristics of digitally inclusive communities in order to guide strategic public and private investments.

This announcement launches an effort to engage a broad range of stakeholders in the development of the framework. The 16-member high-level working group includes leaders from libraries, community-based organizations, business, local government and non-governmental organizations who will contribute to the development of the proposed framework. Phase two of the process will enlist a broad network of professional organizations and interested parties to further review and critique the framework.

A series of town meetings is also planned to provide additional input and to highlight promising practices.

The members of the high level working group are:

Steve Albertson, Community Voice Mail
Mary Carr, Spokane Community College
Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
Catherine K. De Rosa, OCLC WebJunction
Jon Gant, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Chris Gates, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
Martín Gómez, Los Angeles Public Library
C. Lincoln (Link) Hoewing, Verizon
John Horrigan, Technet
Mike Lee, AARP
David Keyes, City of Seattle
Traci L. Morris, Homahota Consulting
Mare Parker-O’Toole, Medfield (MA) Public Library
Frances Roehm, Skokie (IL) Public Library
Jane Smith Patterson, e-NC
Sarah Washburn, TechSoup
From more information please see http://tascha.uw.edu/research/inclusionframework.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.

Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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