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Thursday, September 29 • 10:55am - 11:55am
Partnerships to Improve Digital Equity in Tribal Communities

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Whether offering iPad workshops to local middle schoolers, planning a community-wide workforce development project, or coordinating opportunities for adult learners, libraries are active in improving digital equity across Minnesota.  Tribal libraries in particular provide broadband connections and technology services to communities deeply impacted by Minnesota's digital divide. Tribal libraries are well poised to bring about positive change; however, limited budgets, staffing constraints, and geographic isolation often hinder the services these libraries can provide. To help bridge this resource gap, partnerships between tribal libraries and like-minded organizations like State Library Services, Adult Basic Education, and local governments are necessary. Join us to learn more about partnering to reduce access disparities and help us move digital equity in tribal communities forward.


Hannah Buckland, Director, Leech Lake Tribal College

Hannah Buckland has worked as the library director at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014.  Along with managing a joint-use academic/community library, she serves as a member of the Leech Lake Reservation's Native Community Development Institute team... Read More →

Jennifer Nelson, Director of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

Since 2013, Jen Nelson has served as Director of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of education. Jen has more than 25 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
St. Louis River Room