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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Wednesday, August 7 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Outreach to Immigrant Populations via TV Whitespace Wireless Networks

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This lighting talk will report on the use of TV Whitespace (TVWS) wireless technology to engage in immigrant outreach, access, and inclusion in Huron, South Dakota.  TV Whitespace (TVWS) represents an emerging, low-cost wireless technology that has the potential of expanding rural libraries' abilities to extend their Wi-Fi signals beyond the building and beyond library hours to public spaces such as subsidized housing, schools, clinics, museums, senior centers, and other community anchor institutions.  The public library in Huron was part of an IMLS-funded project to implement TVWS-enabled wireless networks with the goal of designing programs and services for Karen and LatinX immigrants.  Discussion will focus on the details of the site and current efforts to document their project involvement. 

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Ellie Dworak

Associate Professor/Librarian, Boise State Universsity
Ellie is super excited about data visualization, library assessment, and color palettes. She also loves typography, hand lettering, barre fitness, Neil Gaiman, and tending her garden. She lives in Boise Idaho with her husband, three dogs, and a small flock of homing pigeons.

Julie Niederhauser

Public Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library


Kristen Rebmann

Associate Professor, San Jose State University

Wednesday August 7, 2019 6:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Skyline Ballroom