*** Gigabit Libraries Network is refocusing current efforts in the service of heroic libraries facing daunting challenges of providing services during the pandemic. *** 

   "What is a Library if the Building is Closed?"                 As we explore: internet access, digital services, physical materials & social infrastructure    

Round Three: "Libraries in Recovery"

1/15: S34 Recording available

Cathy Curzan, President, Funds for Learning

Rebecca Ranallo, Information & Technology Literacy Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library

1/8: S33 Recording Available

"First Friday 2021: Middle Mile - Fiber to the Library"


Jon Sallet, Sr. Fellow Benton Institute

Jordan Arnold, Research Associate, Benton

Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology and Energy

12/18: S32 Recording Available

"Final Friday 2020: Social Infrastructure and Wireless Infrastructure - 2021”


Michelle Jeske, Director, Denver Public Library and current President, Public Libraries Association.

Julie Walker, State Librarian for the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS).

12/11: S31 Recording Available

"More broadband stimulus coming? Be ready!"


Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institute and fmr. Chairman at FCC

Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Project, which is part of New America's Open Technology Institute.

12/4: S30 Recording Available

"A Time for New Library Stories"


Shel NeyMark, winner of the 2020 Manhattan Institute Civil Society Award as one of the founders of the Embudo Valley Library.

Stephen Abram, Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Public (12/4 slides)

11/20: S29 Recording Available

"Research & Education Networks as Critical Connectivity Partners"


Cathrin Stöver, Chief Communication Officer at GÉANT, the leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for global research and education.

Jim Stewart, Chief Technology Officer, Utah Education & Telehealth Network (UETN)

11/13: S28 Recording available

"Story of Library 2.0 & Librarians' New Future"


Steve Hargadon, Founder and co-Chair of Libraries 2.0, a virtual and physical event online communities with over 150,000 members.

Sandy HirshAssociate Dean of Academics at San Jose State University, former head of the SJSU iSchool and co-Chair of Library 2.0

11/6: S27 Recording available

"US voted! What will that mean for 2021 and Beyond?"


  • Blair Levin, Sr. Fellow at Brookings Institute, former FCC Chief of Staff and head of the FCC's 2009 National Broadband Plan. 
  • John Windhausen, Executive Director of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

10/30: S26  Recording available

Partnership for Public Access (P4PA.net) 

2020 Declaration

"Every Community Connected"


  • Stephen Wyber, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Jane Coffin, Internet Society
  • Teddy Woodhouse, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)/ Web Foundation
  • Mei Lin Fung, People Centered Internet
  • Edouard Delbende, Bibliothéques Sans Frontières
  • Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries)
  • Carlos Rey-Moreno, Association for Progressive Communications 
  • Don Means, Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN)

10/23: S25  Recording available

“Going Forward with Libraries Inside Out."

  • Jeffrey Hoover of Tappé Architects, Boston,
  • Sarah M. Townsend, Suffolk Public Library
  • Charles Wray, Quinn Evans Architects
  • Barbara Weedman, Henrico County Public Library

  • 9/25: S24 Recording available

    Graham Richard, Clean Economy Innovator

    Kelvin Watson, Broward County Library

    Former mayor of Ft. Wayne, IN joins with Broward County Library Director to lead discussion on emerging library roles and service models.

  • 9/18: S23 Recording available

    New round kicks off with All-star panel: 

    Vint Cerf, Crosby Kemper and R. David Lankes explore the future of the internet and the role of libraries as digital service providers! 

    9/11: S22 Recording available": Speakers

    "Public Access Expansion: Priorities & Strategies" -

    Stephen Wyber, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA.org "The global voice of the library and information profession."

    Lisa Shaw,  Maine State Library "helps people, makes Maine libraries stronger and transforms information into knowledge."

    8/28: S21 Recording available  -- Speakers

    "How Spectrum, Community Networks and Libraries Join to Expand Public Access"

    Martha Suarez, President Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

    Jane Coffin, Sr. VP, Internet Society

    8/21: S20 Recording available --  Speakers:

    “Outside-in(ternet) and Inside-out(doors)” 

    John Bracken, Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America. Emerging trends for digitalization.

    Stephen Abram, Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. Libraries delivering services about in communities.

    8/14: S19 Recording available   Speakers:

    “What’s a GIGABIT Library if Building is Closed??”

    Carson Block for Internet2 and the "Toward Gigabit Libraries" project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has created a "Broadband Toolkit."  

    Bruno Duarte Eiras, Director of Library Services at the Directorate General for Books, Archives and Libraries in Portugal. "(DGLAB) is a public body under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture."

    8/7: S18 Recording available 

    “Reset? - Fundamentals”  

    R. David Lankes, join to help us revisit the basics of:  “What is a Library if the Building is Closed?” - internet access, digital services, physical materials, social infrastructure

    Lex Dennis of the Drucker Institute and Jennifer Henecke of the St. Joseph County Library on their breakthrough project: Bendable, a new lifelong learning system. 

    7/31: S17 Recording available

    "What is a School(!) if the Building is Closed?" Back to school edition! 

    Isobel Hunter, UK CEO of Libraries Connected will update on happenings in the UK over past 5 months and describe the many innovative ways libraries there are responding to the crisis. 

    Heather Lamb, Castleberry ISD Lead Librarian and Jacob Bowser, Castleberry ISD ICT Director share the district's strategy to build its own wide area wireless system to connect students and their larger inside out approach to serving learners where they are.

    7/24: Summer Break

    S16: 7/17 Recording available

    "What's a Library...Kiosk?! & TV Whitespace"

    • Matt Delany, Millinocket, ME Library
    • Shirley Apley, Huron, SD Library
    • Stephen Houser, Milledgeville, GA Library
    • Bob Bocher, ALA Fellow on e-Rate and Broadband

    S15: 7/10 Recording available

    "Two Tales from Texas"

    • Eddy Smith, Texas 2020 Librarian of the Year, and Abilene Library Consortia Director. Eddy is a state leader on broadband as part of the state broadband commission. Libraries at the table. Imagine! 8:40 – 29:52 – keywords: CIPA, eRate, rural connectivity, WiFi, COVID-19
    • Katherine Messier, Mobile Beacon: 31:51 – 36:40 – EBS, FCC, tribal areas
    • Dianne Connery, of the Pottsboro Library has a compelling plan to partner with a local wireless provider to use EBS to reach students at home who otherwise lack access. Pottsboro just scored #1 in state CARES grant out of 116 applicants! How'd they do that? 37:03 – 44:52: rural connectivity, low-income students, devices, CARES Act, partnerships
    • JJ McGrath, TekWav: 45:12 – 59:03: 2.5GHz, WiFi, rural connectivity 

    7/3 Holiday

    S14: 6/26 Recording available

    "K-20 w/ CENIC & Reinventing.School"

    • Howard Blumenthal Co-Executive Producer at Reinventing.School and creator "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" Before the virus more than a billion children and teenagers relied upon school for learning. With the virus basic assumptions about school and education are no longer reliable. (11:34 - 28:33)
    • Louis Fox on how CENIC uses every tool in the box from fiber to high performance wireless in a mix of technologies and business models to serve the conenctivity needs of learners of all ages and stages in every community. (36:50 – 56:27)

    S13: 6/19 Recording available

    "DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide"

    • Michael Calabrese, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute gives a high level overviewon a range of comparitively low cost wireless options for libraries and their communities to utilize. (start at 16:49)
    • Ramune Petuchovaite, Electronic Information For Libraries on how the more than 230, 000 public libraries in developing and transition economy countries but where many struggle to integrate ICT into their services. (start at 39:32)

    S12: 6/12 Recording available

    "Prioritizing in Crisis"

    • Kelvin Watson, Director, Broward County Libraries on challenges of reopening and on their success partnering with other community anchors.
    • Eric Klinenberg, author, Palaces for the People on how to design a library environment outside of the building. 

    6/5 *** Taking a knee ***

    S11: 5/29  Recording available

    "Re-opening Strategies in Ohio und Deutschland"

    • Silke Niermann, CEO of Stadtbibliothek Gütersloh GmbH (Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany) since 2015; 30 years working as an librarian in german public libraries (start at 13:56)
    • Rebecca Ranallo, Information & Technology Literacy Manager for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, oversees innovation implementation and training. (start at 40:49)

    S10: 5/22 Recording available

    • Cindy Aden, WA Librarian (start at 10:30updates on a state-wide hotspot project and other happenings.
    • Mark Colwell, Director of Telecommunications Strategy at Voqal gives (start at 25:56)  high level view on how libraries and other anchor institutions can utilize and preserve precious spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range known as Educational Broadcast Services (EBS. See Federal Broadband Strategy at an Inflection Point.
    • Jon Sallet, Sr. Fellow with the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society (start at 41:50gives an updated perspective on his groundbreaking report Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s now in the context of the pandemic.

    5/15 : No Session

    Round One (Sessions 1-9): 

    S9: 5/8 Recording available

    • David Lee King (starts at 7:30), Digital Services Director at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library talked about his experience, suggesting that with the lockdown, he had had the busiest month of his life.
    • Stuart Hamilton (starts at 31:30), Head of Libraries Development for Ireland, started by sharing figures on the experience of public libraries in Ireland over the period of lock-down.

    S8: 5/1 Recording available

    • Sharon Strover, Professor in Communication at UT (start at 8:50and fmr Chair of the Radio-TV-Film Department provides an overview of library hotspot lending study she led for IMLS.  
    • Sara Jones,  Marin County Library Director (start at 22:39) talks about a check out hotspot program to benefit students and a proposed project to build a Student (mesh) WiFi Network in a high density, lower income neighborhood. 
    • Scott G. Allen, Deputy Director, Public Library Association (US) (start at 32:50provides details on newly announced partnership with Microsoft for Public WiFi Access Micro Grant Program where in “April 2020, Microsoft will provide $120,000 to help public libraries in rural communities with hardware and support to install public WiFi access points on or near library grounds.”  
    • Joeseph Wender, Senator Ed Markey (MA) Sr. Policy Advisor (start at 45:21discusses prospects for passage of new bill for "a $4 billion emergency connectivity fund to strengthen a Federal Communications Commission program so qualifying schools and libraries can purchase Wi-Fi hotspots modems routers and other connected devices for students during the COVID-19 pandemic."

    S7: 4/24 Recording available 

    • Hayford Siaw, Executive Director - Ghana Library Authority (start at 6:12)Africa part 1 story
    • Crosby Kemper, IMLS Director (start at 21:38) gives a high level view of and objectives for new stimulus funds.
    • Julie Walker, GA Librarian (start at 39:23provides updates and shares new data on recent access usage.
    • Raphaëlle Bats, Relations Internationales, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et Bibliothèques(ENSIB) (start at 50:00 ) - Lyon, France - shares activities and possible reopening strategies.

    S6: 4/17 Recording

    • Nicole Umayam (start at 15:27)
    • Nkem Osuigwe (start at 38:50)

    S5: 4/10 Recording

    • Ryan McDowell (start at 15:55)
    • Christian Lauersen (start at 37:14)

    S4: 4/3 Recording

    • Joe Hillis, Operations Director at ITDRC (start at 2:54)
    • Cindy Allen, Washington State Librarian (start at 20:30)

    Kick-off series (3/26 - 3/28):                                       

    • S1: Internet Access - 3/26
      • Nathaniel Rasmussen (start at 5:10)
      • Lisa Shaw (start at 11:58)
      • Brian (start at 22:56)
    • S2: Digital Services  - 3/27
      • Nathaniel Rasmussen (start at 8:01)
      • Jim O'Donnell  (start at 21:19)
      • Stuart Hamilton (start at 30:20)
      • Gregoire Pouget (start at 44:59)
      • Ryan McDowell (start at 56:54)
    • S3: Physical Materials - 3/28 
      • Ann Okerson (start at 9:49)
      • Stephen Houser (start at 20:15)
      • Carrie Coogan (start at 29:00)
      • Stuart Hamilton (start at 42:18)

Background: Community SecondNets 
Libraries, partnering with other anchor institutions as second responders in disaster, installing WWAN's with open spectrum #TVWS #WiFi and other open frequency wireless  #IMLS 

           GLN Partners:




     Technology sponsors:



           Media sponsor: 




© Gigabit Libraries Network
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software