Organizations and individuals at businesses and nonprofit organizations can unite in several ways in the pursuit of common goals for communities. Among these relationships are partnerships, collaborations, and short-term and long-term alliances. Community-wide digital inclusion coalitions and efforts can effectively spark conversations and promote an actionable framework to increase broadband adoption and use, build digital literacy skills, and promote civic engagement.
This course is valuable for librarians, educators, technologists, government (local, state, federal) employees, community developers, those who work for foundations and corporations, and telecommunications professionals. Learn more effective ways to build relationships and partnerships that educate community members on technology and how to access affordable and reliable broadband service. The types of potential digital inclusion partnerships explored in this course will be based on foundational strategies to provide access, training, and literacy across communities.
Senior Program Officer
Institute of Museum and Library Services
James Neal is a Senior Program Officer with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC. His portfolio includes digital inclusion, open education resources, broadband access, and accessibility with a focus on youth services in public libraries. James is originally from Columbia, SC and currently lives in Greenbelt, MD. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and a MLS graduate of the University of Maryland.