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"Visser, Marijke A" <[log in to unmask]>
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Visser, Marijke A
Wed, 15 Dec 2021 14:59:48 +0000
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Good morning,

I’m excited to have something to post to the list 😉. As I settle into my new role with MSL, I’m looking forward to many opportunities to connect (virtually and soon I hope in-person!). In the meantime, following along on this list has helped me feel a little more connected to the ME library family.

Here’s where you can help!

To prepare for potential digital equity funding coming to Maine as a result of another large federal program signed into law, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we're collecting examples of programs and services our libraries have been providing that help their patrons and communities be successful in a digital world.

We're looking for all sorts of examples! Formal digital literacy classes teaching computer and tech skills, informal one-on-one assistance helping someone get an email address, file government forms, etc. Maybe you have a story of helping someone learn a new device, or maybe you loan hotspots and / or laptops that someone needs to apply for a job. Do you have programs that focus on veterans or older adults, or are you working with new Mainers? We'd love to hear about it!

Stories with a face -- the impact of your library's service on a specific person or family -- can really demonstrate the real impact that your library has in its community. What are your patrons sharing with you about your digital literacy programs and training? Please share your stories that highlight the needs in your community and the important work you do every day to meet those needs.

When do we need these examples? Asap, or course!

Thanks in advance for your help,

Marijke Visser (she/her)
Section Supervisor, Library Development
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
242 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
o. 207- 287-9581