WLIC 2016

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Congress Programme
August 14, 2016, 13:45 – 15:45 
Session 081 Library Services taking action for the UN 2030 Agenda 
  • Chairs:
  • Viviana Quiñones, Chair Division III, Bibliothèque nationale de France/ Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse--La Joie par les livres, France

"Reaching the Rest of Us: Public Spectrum for Public Access"
Libraries lead in providing public access via TV WhiteSpace to help bring billions of new users into global digital conversation
  • Don Means, Gigabit Libraries Network, United States
Paper in English


On April 14, 2016, the World Bank and U.S. Department of State co-hosted a high level event at the World Bank Executive Board Room to support the Global Connect initiative, an effort to bring 1.5 billion online by 2020. The World Bank and U.S. Department of State were joined by Finance Ministers from all continents, along with technology CEOs, NGO presidents, and heads of the major multilateral development banks.   

Two of seven GCI principles

"We should encourage public access, as for example in public libraries and community centers, among others."


"We should foster digital literacy, enable and promote the development of locally relevant content, applications, and services as they are essential to widespread adoption of the Internet and increase its social and economic value to people, families, and communities."  



Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 11:00 - 12:30

Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

Libraries Connect the Next Billion

How do we ensure that we connect the next billion, in absence of technology and connectivity that can reach every individual, globally? The Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries believes that this will only be possible when we recognize the value of the institutions that we already have in our communities for connecting people and information: 320,000 public libraries.

The Dynamic Coalition is presenting a statement of principles for feedback during the 2015 IGF main sessions that proposes the critical role of libraries for connecting communities and individuals. In preparation for taking action on these principles, panelists at the DC-PAL workshop will discuss how organizations are connecting communities, and provide examples of actions that each stakeholder group can take so that libraries can realize their potential to connect the next billion. 




The SHLB Coalition's 2014 Annual Conference

Includes TVWS Sessions 
Libraries WhiteSpace Pilot

May 8-9th, 2014
Opening reception May 7th at 6:00 p.m.

The Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

  K-20 Librarians Day in Kansas City

Join public, academic and school librarians from across greater Kansas City metro as we brainstorm how we can work together to fully leverage the power of Google Fiber. We'll be at the Google FiberSpace at 1814 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, will be joining us via Google Hangout. There will be a demonstration of the use of Google Fiber during a consultation with a nutritionist at KU Medical Center as well as the opportunity to tour the FiberSpace and experience the gigabit connection firsthand.

Dec. 4, 2012
9 - 10 am Registration, Coffee and Conversation

10 - 10:10 am Welcome and Introductions by Don Means, Digital Village

10:10 - 10:25 am Google Fiber Project Update by Milo Medin, VP Access Services

10:25 - 11 am Public Library Director Panel Discussion:
Carol Levers - KC,Kansas PL
Crosby Kemper - KC, Missouri PL
Sean Casserley - Johnson County, Kansas PL

11 - Noon Gigabit Libraries Hangout
with Vint Cerf
Plus Respondents:
James Werle - Internet2
Lev Gonick - Case Western/Gig U
Don Means, Gigabit Libraries Network & Moderator

Noon - 1 pm Lunch & Videoconference Demo with KU Med Nutritionist

1 - 1:15 pm Aaron Deacon Presentation on Digital Drive

1:15 - 1:30 pm Sister Cities Libraries Presentation by Carol Levers

1:30 - 1:45 pm Research Skills Presentation by Karen Cole and Jennifer Church-Duran

1:45 - 2 pm Discussions, Project Ideas, and Proposals

2 pm Tech Roundtable & Tours of Google FiberSpace
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