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Libraries within the Ecosystem of Digital Equity: A Panel on Practical Advice and the Bigger Picture
By Professional Development Alliance

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Digital equity is not a new concept. Library workers have been tasked with addressing this issue since the dawn of personal computers decades ago. However, the pandemic has thrown obstacles in the end game of making sure our communities are digitally equitable. A recent influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is also now on the table. Panelists will share how working towards digital inclusion requires a strong ecosystem of collaboration, how libraries fit within this ecosystem, and practical guidance on what the future holds for digital equity initiatives.


  • Blaine Henderson, Digital Literacy Librarian at Greensboro Public Library
  • Hannah Buckland, State Library Program Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education

  • Bruce Clark, Executive Director of Digital Charlotte

  • Kathryn Kehoe, Grants & Communications Librarian at North Carolina A+T University

  • Laurie Blandino, Executive Director of LOUIS - The Louisiana Library Consortium