Inclusive Gigabit Libraries Project Featured at SHLB Conference


Jon Gant


Update: The full video from this session is now available. Click here to watch!

Representatives from the Center for Digital Inclusion’s “Inclusive Gigabit Libraries” project will share updates at the upcoming nationwide Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) Conference on May 1-3, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project will explore how libraries can adopt and use next-generation internet networks to address digital inclusion. In addition, the project will raise awareness of the U.S. Ignite initiative and the opportunities it provides for libraries to increase digital and social inclusion in communities. A series of national forums will examine how libraries can lead in building next-generation internet applications and services designed to operate on ultra-fast networks currently being built.

At the SHLB conference, Dr. Jon Gant, Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion, will lead the panel in sharing key leadership imperatives based on their experience from developing library applications and services designed to run on next generation ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks.

The panel will also showcase specific applications and services from libraries in gigabit fiber communities including Chattanooga and Cleveland, and path-breaking collaboration tools developed for the Rutgers University Library Video Mosaic Collaborative.

Inclusive Gigabit Libraries is led by the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Panel Members:

  • Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Rebecca Ranallo, Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Nate Hill, IT Director, Chattanooga Public Library
  • Grace Agnew, University Librarian, Rutgers University Library
  • Nicole Levine, US Ignite

For more information on the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project, visit or contact LaTesha Valez at

The newly-formed Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) at the University of Illinois utilizes research, teaching and public engagement to provide communities with the tools they need to succeed in a digital world. To learn more about the CDI, visit

The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition advocates policies that encourage the deployment of affordable, open, high-capacity broadband networks and faster Internet services for schools, libraries, health care providers, and other community anchor institutions across America.  To learn more about SHLB, visit

To learn more about U.S. Ignite, visit


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