Meeting Archive:
Broadband Planning for Libraries: Enough Is Never Enough

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Meeting Description:
When it comes to broadband in public libraries, it seems you can never have enough. Technology use in libraries is at an all time high. Without enough bandwidth coming into the library, patrons are unable to do stay connected and staff productivity is blocked.
Come to this free webinar to learn how to plan for broadband and how to pay for it. Guests Emily Almond and Amber Gregory will share E-Rate and broadband tips and tricks, and will include a special look at extra funding available through E-Rate 2.0, available only for a limited time.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register for this webinar to receive an email notification when the archive is available.
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Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Amber Gregory
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Amber Gregory has worked with E-Rate since 2010, as the Coordinator of E-Rate Services at the Arkansas State Library, where she helps public libraries navigate the program.  Amber is also currently a member of the American Library Association’s E-Rate Task Force.  When not working on E-Rate, Amber enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. 

Emily Almond
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Emily started her career at CNN as an “Information Wrangler.” Yes, that was the real title. And it was apt, because that’s what she’s been doing ever since. After CNN, she worked at Emory University as a systems librarian and then at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an archive manager and a project manager for She started at the Georgia Public Library Service as a Software Development Project Manager and is currently the Director of IT. Emily holds a B.S. in Journalism from Kennesaw State University and a MLIS from Florida State University.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates transformative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.